Ben Ahlvers is a busy guy. As a father to three boys, the director of exhibitions at the Lawrence Art Center in Lawrence, Kansas, and a ceramic sculptor selling and exhibiting his work in a handful of exhibitions per year, one might wonder when he finds time to eat or sleep. But he manages with… Read More »
Welcome to the Open Studios section of Ceramic Arts Daily! If you enjoy visiting other ceramic artists' studios or going on open studio tours, you've come to the right place. The posts in this section take you inside the garages, barns, basements, lofts, closets, warehouses, and porches that serve as studios for potters and ceramic sculptors of all stripes. Think of them as open studio tours on the web! And, be sure to download your free copy of the 2012 Ceramic Arts Buyers Guide: A Ceramic Studio Supply Resource so you can find out where to get all the things you need in your studio!
After ceramic artist Eric Boos became an (almost) empty nester, he bought some land and designed and built a house and 625-square-foot studio. Even with all that space, he realized he could have made it twice as big, and still filled it to the gills. But that’s okay because it helps him “edit” his work…. Read More »
After spending many years living the nomadic life that many potters are familiar with, Adam Field and Heesoo Lee decided to settle down in Durango, Colorado. There they set up their dream home studio. In today’s post, Adam and Heesoo explain how having two working artists (plus two young children!) in one family… Read More »
Okay. I admit it. I am jealous. There, I said it. I am painfully, achingly, colossally jealous of Daniel Ricardo Teran’s studio space. Who wouldn’t be? It’s spacious, flooded with light, has cool architectural details, high ceilings and on and on and on… But despite the fact that my jealousy seems to be a continuing… Read More »
In this installment of Ceramics Monthly‘s Studio Visit series, from the October 2011 issue, Lisa Orr tells us all about the successful business she runs out of her Austin, Texas, studio. Like many potters today, she explores several different revenue streams so she can have a steady income while still being able to concentrate on… Read More »
It’s not easy to make large work, and it’s even harder to make a living
making large work, but the right tools, the right circumstance, and the
right perspective can help.
What could be better than making a living doing what you love? How about making a living doing what you love with the people you love most? That’s precisely the story behind Free Ceramics in Helena, Montana. About three years ago, Emily Free Wilson, her husband Matt Wilson, and her brother Bobby decided to join… Read More »
“Thirty dollars for a mug! How long did it take for you to make that?” Anyone who has ever sold pottery at an art festival has probably heard a similar question in response to the prices of their work. And many have appropriately responded, “Oh, about twenty years” or whatever the number of years it… Read More »
A while back, Ceramic Arts Daily had a contest in which we invited our readers to submit video tours of their pottery studios. There was only one winner and two runners up, but we had a lot of great entries which we have shared with you occasionally. Today, in a special bonus Monday video, we… Read More »
A potter in an urban setting is not as much of a contradiction as it once was—but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier. Taguchi’s secret: come to the studio, work hard, leave.