Today I am posting an excerpt
from Ceramics Monthly’s Studio Visit series. I love visiting the
studios of other artists. In person is the most fun, of course, but
CM’s studio visits are the next best thing. In this studio visit, Simon
van der Ven gives us a peek into his dreamy Lincolnville, Maine, studio.
I consider myself a sculptor who uses clay some of the time. I also use
wood and found objects to make sculpture and I like to combine clay
with other materials; what is important is that the idea defines the
medium and not the other way around.
The best part of my studio location, since I have little kids, is that on days when I have to finish up orders and they are entertaining themselves inside, I’m right there to see what’s going on or help out in at a moment’s notice if needed. I have two windows that look in on our kitchen so I’m able to help out without anyone having to come get me.
Recently, I have been following a thread in the Ceramic Arts Community Forum
on getting ready for your holiday studio sale. With the holidays fast
approaching, I thought I would share some of the helpful information in
today’s blog post, and hopefully, expand the discussion. Plus, I was flipping through the November 2010 issue of Ceramics Monthly
and I realized there is a ton of valuable information on open studio tours
in general (not just holiday related), so I thought I would throw that
into the mix as well.
For many years now, potters have been lamenting the demise of the craft
fair as a viable way to make a living. At one point, there were
thousands of fairs all over the US, in every small park or church
basement that needed a little fund raiser or traffic-building event.
And many potters espoused the vagabond lifestyle of traipsing around
the country, pots in boxes bouncing around in the back of a truck or
van or wagon, in search of a customer base. It can be argued that it
never was the greatest way to make a living, and that most of those
fairs were often break-even propositions at best, but for many it was a
good way to get their clay feet wet.
When it gets to a point where stress is all I know, I remind myself that I’m trying to bring joy into people’s lives.
A potter keeps things simple and honest-in her work, in the studio, in business, and in life.
Today, we’ll pay a visit
to ceramic sculptor Cynthia Giachetti’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana, studio.
In addition to great photos of her spacious (but hot) studio, her work,
and her canine buddy Cody, Cynthia shares insights into her career as a
working ceramic artist. Look for the full article in an upcoming issue
of Ceramics Monthly! Enjoy!
Today I wanted to send out a friendly reminder for our next video contest: the D.I.Y. Clay Tools contest. If you have “invented,” built, or repurposed a super-cool tool for your work, the contest will give you a chance to share your ingenuity with the world. Get all the details here! So, to get you in the contest mood, I thought I would share an honorable mention from our last contest, the Studio Tour Video Contest. Watch the video!
In this latest installment of our Studio Visit department, Russell Wrankle shares his personal practice and insight into her career as a working ceramic artist.