Heavy machinery, breakable vases, unique people all come together in one building. What seems like a small, cottage home, off of E Jefferson Avenue, is much more on the inside.
Pewabic Pottery has a deep history, which shines through the people involved with the building and studio.
Pewabic Pottery has a new program, which essentially is a pop-up pottery shop. A Raku Kiln, allows pottery to be made and cooled in the same day, said Dobos, giving a more flexible approach to ceramics.
Chris Mayse, studio educator at Pewabic, explained that this “mobile museum” is another way Pewabic Pottery is giving back to the community. With a mobile workshop, individuals are able to learn more about ceramics and what they can do with it, said Mayse.
Pewabic Pottery also houses an educational studio, for individuals to enhance their pottery skills. Pewabic gets a mixture of returning students along with beginners.
“As a teacher in an environment like that it can sometimes be a challenge to try to make sure that everyone is working at the same level or has the same understanding,” said Mayse.
There is always someone working on a project, but that is what brings energy to the space, mentioned Chris.
“The education studio is always busy, between the classes offered throughout an eight-week period and open studio, nearly 200 individuals use this space in a session,” laughed Chris.
The educational studio is rewarding to artists because it allows for a respectful community, said Mayse. Escaping the pressures of academic pottery, Pewabic allows individuals to work at their own pace.
“The feeling of seeing a student break threw is the most rewarding aspect,” exclaimed Mayse.
Pewabic employees have a strong sense of pride surrounding the history of the business, along with the many successes.
Overall, my experience with the staff of Pewabic Pottery was great. I have learned so much about the history and tools of pottery, but I have also learned more about reporting.
This assignment has pushed me to interview individuals, along with photograph the area. With an exciting topic, I was eager to get a closer look of the studio.
Audio was a very big challenge for me that I was not expecting. I had trouble editing my clips to sound smooth, which was very frustrating. I am happy that I had to learn the process, but I am not interested in learning additional audio skills.
This assignment has been the most challenging in regards to learning new skills, which has also made it the most rewarding.