|Don’t you just love visiting other artists in their studios? I do. Whenever I am traveling, I like to try to schedule in some studio visits because I love to see and hear about how other people work, how they organize their spaces, the tools they use, the little items of inspiration that are usually hanging around. I also like to talk to artists about how they make it work (i.e. make ends meet) and what their other interests are besides ceramics. It is endlessly fascinating to me, and since I am not working full-time as a studio artist, it makes me fantasize about one day doing so. If you’re like me, you will love today’s post. It comes from new series of articles in Ceramics Monthly, which can basically be thought of as studio visits in print. And you can think of today’s excerpt as virtual studio visits to potter Jeff Campana’s and ceramic sculptor Patsy Cox’s studios. Enjoy! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.|
My studio is the main perk associated with my position as visiting artist in the ceramics program at the University of Louisville. The setting is urban and industrial, with the constant rumble of planes landing and trains passing by. I have a large private space (10 X 27 feet) that opens into the main ceramics studio classroom. It is nicely equipped with an air compressor jack, hood vent, sink, and shelves. I use the same kilns that are used for student work, so I must work with the ebb and flow of the semester and student demand for kiln usage.
Teaching and making work can get scrambled together, and I often find myself in conversations and impromptu demos that can last hours. It’s nice, but it makes it hard to get things done at times. Headphones are a good idea but don’t always work. That said, I love working within a community setting. If I spent as much time as I do in a completely private location, I would become an absolute recluse. This way, I get the bulk of my human interaction mixed in with the long studio hours I put in.
Most-used piece of equipment
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|I am now in my second year of
teaching part time while making work full time. I hope to eventually
become a full-time professor. I’m not quite there yet, but that’s what
I’m working toward.I basically had to make the choice between
having health insurance and following my dreams. I can’t have both at
this point. My adjunct teaching positions do not come with health
insurance, but are necessary in gaining the experience needed to become
a full-time professor. They also don’t pay nearly enough for me to
afford to buy an individual health care plan. I’m between a rock and a
hard place; that’s just my reality for the next couple of years. I’m
keeping my fingers crossed, descending staircases with caution, and
Most of my work is
sold directly. About 80% of my work is sold through Etsy.com, in
person, and through email commissions on my website. Various solo,
two-person, and invitational group shows make up the other 20%.
Making strong, accurate images of my work is instrumental to this
Most Valuable Lesson
Outside the Studio
I’m lucky to
This post was excerpted from Ceramics Monthly.
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