I have been so busy with life changes that I haven't had a chance to keep you abreast on all of my happening here.
My husband and I have found a new home! We are very happy with our move. Now, with this move we currently own two homes...there's a first time for everything. Two yards, two sets of bills, two homes with gutter clean out, too many things to do... That is why I have been so MIA lately.
With all of this moving comes new news as well. I have a new studio! I love it! It is back in my home where I want it. I thought having a space away from home would make me more productive, but I found I really just cared for another property that wasn't mine and then by the time I paid the bills I was out of time to create my own artwork. I missed being home, and now I am back up and running! The studio is officially up and ready for me to make stuff . My Saturday morning ladies who bring me so much joy will be back in the studio creating with me by the 20th of this month.
The studio has a comfy layout where we have things organized and ready to create anytime possible. Below are some pictures of the space. I will be offering smaller classes since this is now in my home, but I think no more than 6 people makes for a better teaching and learning environment anyway.
Enjoy the photos and feel free to share you studio thoughts! Do you like to work from home? When is your most creative time?
Hi artsy people!
More changes are a comin and I wanted to keep you updated! My friend Gerry and I have been guided by the stars over the last decade in a half. We met by chance and have never lost touch with each other. After all these years we have had moments that brought us together for different reason. A little over a year ago we talked about combining forces to create an art studio for all art and craft media. We made a plan in the beginning to be one big studio, but the spaces we found wouldn't allow it. We are still on the look out for that perfect space.
Until then we press on, being a support system for each other the whole way through. Since the closing of my ceramic space Gerry has been a wonderful support for me. On a recent luncheon we decided offering some of my art classes at her location was possible. I'm sure we will have some learning to do, but we couldn't be more excited to come together as we dreamed. So, starting next week I am an official instructors at Metal Crafters Studio & Art.
That is where Studio 13 comes from. Tucked back in a quiet hallway near the rear of the Olde Towne Mall in Belleville is an awesome space for creation. In this studio we will be offering classes in pastels, watercolor, drawing, clay, and of course jewelry. Stayed tuned as we bring all these mediums together to create a multi-media art classes.
Till next time. Keep making!
As I move into the Spring season my heart grows brighter with joy, and positive with change. The thunderstorms have been rolling in and out to cleanse the earth and prepare it for all those BEAUTIFUL May flowers I love so much! With this new season comes new beginnings.
As many of you are aware, my studio moved out of its home last month. As you can see in the photo above. I have all the equipment and materials stuffed in my basement waiting to find their new studio space. As an artist I think it becomes the norm to move around a bit as you get your life on it's middle path.
Artists seem to be resilent with change. They grasp to odd working hours and multiple streams of income. They can create space out of unconventional places. I believe because all the problem solving skills art teaches, it makes finding and creating, creative space a fun challenge. It helps us create in every medium possible. Any blank room, wall, floor, furniture, yard, plate, canvas, etc... is a fresh substrate to spill our hearts on to.
My 2019 Spring search for not only a new studio, but also a new home. A place more permanent for myself, family, and art is underway. My husband (link to one band there) is a very talented muscian (link to his other band here) and he is in need of a better layout for creating his music. I am in need of space for myself and the awesome pottery/art community that has developed over the past year. I am currently staying creative in a corner of our spare bedroom at home. I have been playing with pastels as you can see in the photo above. As my space evolves so does my art. Sometimes it can be frustrating to experience change, but in the end you get to look back at the growth.
Speaking of growth it brings me back to Spring! May those new flowers speckle your lawn and soul with colorful joy!
As we come to the first year anniversary at the Shanks Ceramic Studio, time again has us changing directions. A little less than a year ago I decided to rent a building and open a community ceramic shop. I have been teaching pottery wheel, hand building, and other fun community clay classes. Along with those awesome classes we have had the opportunity of offering weaving classes too! Thanks to my friend Jill who has been doing weaving some 30+ years. All the classes have been a success, and the studio space has been a real delight to run and create in. Unfortunately, the owner of the property has passed away and the building has been sold to a new owner. They are looking to move their own business in the space. So, once again as most artists are used to doing... We are on the move. Out of this space and into the unknown. It is sad for my students and the community that this is happening. I am looking for a space I can build or buy so that the next studio is more permanent, but until then only the universe knows what is best and where all this is going.