Centered: Mud and Movement Arts at Taos Clay
Centered: Mud and Movement Arts at Taos Clay
We're Taos Clay Studio and Accellerated Kinetic Arts a community studio for visual and movement arts. Help us keep the awesome growing!
We're Taos Clay Studio and Accellerated Kinetic Arts a community studio for visual and movement arts. Help us keep the awesome growing! Read more
HEY! WE'RE TAOS CLAY STUDIO AND ACCELERATED KINETIC ARTS!
Taos Clay Studio is a ceramic art center dedicated to the spread of contemporary clay culture within Taos County, and across the country. We are a community-based organization hosting lectures, workshops, and events to promote art education and hands on learning. We foster an environment of creativity catering to all ages and skill levels.
Founded twelve years ago by Page Patterson Taos Clay has been making an impact on the local art scene since its doors opened. In April of last year the studio underwent a major change when Brandi Jessup our current owner and director purchased the studio from local artist and entrepreneur Logan Wannamaker. Building on twelve years of history and awesome, we are growing at a rate we never could have anticipated!
We firmly believe in the power and importance of arts education and its ability to impact lives. Through memberships and classes, internships and residencies, we build opportunities for lifelong learning and experimentation in the visual arts.
In January of this year we partnered with Travis Webb of Accelerated Kinetic Arts to open a second space dedicated to bringing artists of all media together.
The AKA Studio is a think tank for artists, business people, martial artists, actors, dancers, and creative people of all backgrounds and skills to come together. We create conversation and connect the dots between media to generate both artistic and economic impact!
WHAT IF I'M NOT FROM TAOS?
We want to make an impact, not only in our local community, but around the country.
We host studio programs for people from all over the world. We are home to a residency program which brings in two emerging artists for a one year work exchange. Our residents keep the studio running! They teach, organize gallery shows, fire kilns, formulate glazes, run marketing campaigns, plan events, help with our outreach programs, and make sure Taos Clay is the most amazing place around!
Check out our current residents Rickie Barnett and Ian Connors!
We have some rocking interns as well! Our internship program offers the opportunity for artists of any skill level from anywhere in the country to explore and learn the ceramic arts, and the business of running a studio.
We also host workshops and hands on classes open to anyone! If you've ever wanted to spend time making art, surrounded by creative people and the most beautiful scenery on earth come visit us!
We are bringing the awesome happenings onto the online space as well with new web projects including a podcast (SMARTGIRLSTUDIO), video series (AKA) and blogs (www.SMARTGIRLSTUDIO.com, www.TAOSCLAY.com, and www.LearnAKA.com). As we continue to host lectures, visiting artists, workshops and more we will share the love with educational media everyone can enjoy.Your donations help us keep these programs and these awesome people around.
Where your money goes…
We need to show our studio some serious love! In order to be the most awesome place in town we need the right equipment. That means updating our kiln yard, maintenance on wheels, building of sheds and storage to keep our tools out of the crazy Taos weather.
We want to make ourselves sustainable by updating our gallery with new furniture to house more work, and represent more artists, and to increase our presence online. The sales gallery has the potential to support the rest of the studio with a little work and elbow grease.
We also need to update the performance space and add ventilation to our glaze room.
Breakdown of Costs: (+$3500 for fees and unexpected costs)
- Gallery- $2000
- Equipment and Maintenance (Kilns, wheels, new equipment)- $5000
- Studio Upgrades (plumbing, lights etc.)- $6000
- Ventilation and Glaze room Update- $800
- Teachers, Workshops, and new programs- $2700
We want to continue making the space a home for artists and creative people from all over to congregate and collaborate. We are cooking up ideas like an art and entrepreneurship residency, visiting artist program, sculpture program and more. The more money we raise the more impact we can make. $20,000 will get us operating at the best of our ability. Any additional donations will help us to build additional programs and keep the awesome moving!
CHECK OUT THE PERKS!!!
SPECIAL 2 DAYS ONLY!!!!
One of a kind ceramic sculpture by Yuriy Luvov!
Yuriy will be visiting Taos from April 17-18 for a large scale pinched sculpture workshop. Check out his workshop on www.TaosClay.com and get this awesome piece of art for your house in the rewards!!!
POSTCARDS, PINT GLASSES and MUGS!
Rock the Taos Clay merchandise! Send your loved ones an official postcard to let them know how awesome you are! Or have a coffee or a beer in an official Taos Clay Mug or Pint Glass. Pints and Mugs are all gas fired to cone 10 and colors will vary A LOT! They're one of a kind after all!
CLASSES and WORKSHOPS!
We are primarily a studio devoted to education. We want to keep the conversation going by exposing as many people to as much of the art as possible! Whatever the medium! Be a part of it with a class!
We are offering private lessons in dance, yoga, and ceramics. Throw and fire classes where you make pots and fire a kiln, and combo classes to see what AKA is all about!
ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY LOCAL ARTISTS!
Our wonderful and amazing resident artist Rickie Barnett came to Taos from Chico, California. He works figuratively creating characters based on the struggle of balancing relationships, placing them in an open narrative where they can revisit emotions experienced but not quite understood. Striving to weave a web of connectedness based on internal reflections of relationships to the world.
Our second incredible and talented resident artist Ian Connors is a functional potter who came to Taos from Wisconsin. The materiality of clay and its ability to record the subtle variations that develop through repetition fascinate Ian.
Brandi Lynn Jessup
Taos Clay's owner and director came to Taos from Wyoming. She is a writer, a traveler, a content creator and a maker. Her sculptures questions the stories we tell; searching for the building blocks of personal mythology. She is frequently consumed by fits of nostalgia that show up often in her work.
Is an award wining artist and graphic designer from Taos, NM currently living in LA. He has studied traditional Chinese calligraphy, painting and drawing. His work captures the beauty and energy in material and line.
Come see what AKA is all about with one of our amazing retreats! Spend a day or three at a bed and breakfast while you take part in multiple classes in multiple media. Walk away with the building blocks to learn any visual or movement art, as well as some awesome stories!
Risks and challenges
Taos Clay is a small studio. The business was purchased on a shoestring budget and the overhead is high. We have faced our share of risks and challenges pretty much since the day the studio changed hands one year ago. We have more than 30 amazing, crazy, talented artists working together in a small space collaborating an all manner of projects.
The biggest challenges we have faced so far are financial. Taos is a seasonal economy and our first winter was scary. On top of the already sketchy economy we are expanding A LOT, and that takes money and lots of it. Additionally like most Taos structures our building is old. It has quirks and oddities and lots of old bits that need updated.
We are at a critical point right now. We are right on the verge of making real leaps in our offerings and real impact, but we need the infrastructure and the man hours to accomplish it. We are working right now on the love, support and volunteer hours and expertise of a LOT of lovely people. But without the staff and the equipment to maintain ourselves we won't be able to move forward.
We need to show our local supporters that we have the money behind us to sustain the growth.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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