New ceramics studio opens in Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs — Two Steamboat artists are firing up their kilns for budding artists and anyone interested in learning more about ceramics and the art of glass fusing.
Julie Anderson and her husband, Greg Grasso, are hosting a grand opening at their new studio classroom from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at their Warehome Studios in Copper Ridge Business Park.
Anderson says non-artists should not be afraid of trying their hand at ceramics or the infamous “potter’s wheel.”
“It’s more about practice than talent,” Anderson said. “It’s a little frustrating at first, but it’s fun and enthralling. Just to have your hands in mud and have it sliding through your hands is pretty awesome.”
Anderson has taught classes through the years at the local college and other art shops, and she wants folks to come by for happy hour and a tour of her expanded art studio. She and her husband have created custom work that graces homes and art galleries across the country and they will have some of their newest artwork for sale at the studio.
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Grasso hopes to add kiln-formed glass classes by next year. But don’t confuse glass “kiln work” to glass-blown art.
“I get asked all the time, ‘Grasso I want to come over and make a bong on your torch.’ I don’t have anything against the marijuana thing, I just don’t want that to be the focus of the glass studio,” Grasso said. “And that’s what many people think about these days when they think of glass blowing in Colorado.”
Grasso’s glass art is actually melted in its own kiln, different from his wife’s ceramics kiln. It’s also easier to approach than glass blowing.
“Kiln-forming (with glass) is a lot more accessible for people because you’re dealing with static pieces of glass as far as building your designs,” Grasso said. “It’s not like it’s melting in a flame in front of you as your idea is falling all over the floor. You have time to set up a construct and pattern.”
For now, Warehome Studios will be offering ceramic classes on the wheel and by hand. Class schedules will be available at the grand opening, and wine, beer and snacks will be served. The studio is located in units C2 and C3 at 2520 Copper Ridge Dr.
Visit julieandersonceramics.com/classes-workshops for more information.
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