If Lorna Meaden wasn’t such a nice person, I might be a bit jealous of her dreamy Durango, Colorado, pottery studio. But she’s a pal and I just have to be happy for her. And, of course, I know this studio is the result of years and years of hard work. As Lorna explains, she… 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!
It’s tough to be an extrovert in a basement, but this sculptor proves it is possible.
Today I am presenting an excerpt from Ceramics Monthly’s ever-popular Studio Visit Series. This time Rangely, Colorado, potter Elizabeth Robinson Wiley tells us all about her path to making a living in clay. I could relate to this one because like me, Elizabeth discovered clay while pursuing a degree in another field. But she got… Read More »
This past summer, my husband and I bought a new house – well, a new, old house actually. One of the selling points of this house was that it had studio space for both me and my husband (a composer/sound artist). After a very busy fall, the new year is almost upon us and I… Read More »
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.
Today’s post is a two parter. 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. I was also flipping… Read More »
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.