From the beginning, we knew that our studio would be part woodshop, part clay studio, and hopefully one day, part artisan consignment shop. Over the past few days, we have had a taste of the balancing act to be faced with such a shared space. Fortunately, it came at a time before the kiln and crazy pre-art festival production.
Tom loves his granny dearly and when told her time was near, he took on the amazing challenge of building her casket. In just a few days, a stack of wood became a box, and with every nail and brush stroke, it slowly transformed into a beautiful casket.
Obviously proving his craftmanship with this piece, he is sure to be asked to make more caskets in the future, along with his already admired urns. Time will tell how well clay and wood will work in the same space, but one thing is for sure: we're going to give it a go!
Tom and I made a trip out to Omaha on Friday to check out Paintin Place Ceramics. Their name pretty much says it all: they're a big paint your own ceramics place (with a massive inventory of molds to chose from). While not exactly what I'm in to, they have quite an impressive set up and are a distributor for anything clay related and the closest of such thing to Stuart.
So, a Skutt Kiln, Minnesota Clay, glaze ingredients, and a few other miscellaneous studio start up equipment/tools are on the order form. With a $1,000 down payment, we are ready to roll! In about a week or so, we'll make the trip out again, with a checkbook to pick up the tab and a truck ready for haulin!
I am signed up for a workshop at CASA (Creative Artist Studios of Ames) this coming weekend. Friday evening will be the mixing portion of the workshop and Saturday morning and afternoon will be the colorant adding and application portion of the workshop.
I am always up for learning something new, but this particular opportunity is exciting because it marks the first of many clay functions for me in IOWA. Of course, I am still in the process of getting the studio up and going, but hopefully being in a shared space with new information will help jump start my own production in my own space.
In search of some inspiration to make a few vessels to take to the workshop (to practice terra sig application techniques), I came across Joseph Pintz's work at iconceramics.com. He has an interesting philosophy and style. I especially like his 'troughs'. I made a few pinch pots and shall leave it at that for now--tests don't need to be anything fancy, right?
I do believe I will be doing a lot of research in the coming year. Hopefully this will not only involve web searches, but also meet and greets of other local artists...
I have been wanting to do this for a few months now, knowing full well that there is no way I can pay for a kiln and other studio equipment and supplies all by myself. I am very excited to offer this opportunity for pottery in exchange for financial support.
A copy of the letter/e-mail I am sending out to everyone I know is on the main CSK page. Give her a read through for more information. Hopefully these efforts will generate enough money to feel more comfortable with my upcoming kiln purchase!