NCECA 2016 and Blog Update
FIRST, the coolest new news: our gallery exhibition "More,
From Less." has been selected to be part of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)
Conference to be held in Kansas City during their 50th Anniversary Conference, Makers
Mentors and Milestones, which will take place in Kansas City, Missouri from March 16-19, 2016.
This is a big deal for us, of course, but it's a really big deal for Kansas City as a whole, too. The conference
usually has an attendance of 3500-5000 people! Galleries all over the city will have special ceramic shows. If you're into
ceramics, you should definitely take a look here to find out more.
SECOND, since Rafter E has reluctantly decided
to take on social media and use Facebook and Instagram, this blog will have only the big announcements from now on (show/sale
dates, dates we're closed, etc.).
If you are local
to KC: We would definitely recommend "liking" our Facebook page (link above) to get a little more
than the bare bones. We'll post new work there, and the occasional studio update or "special" Facebook-user discounts!
It will essentially replace this blog (except for the afore-mentioned big things).
KC local folks and those abroad: Following our Instagram feed (link above) will give
you a little more behind the scenes action. Work in progress and trivia about our ceramic process. If you like that kind of
thing, you'll like Instagram. (Bonus: there will be an occasional giveaway.)
KC locals and People Who Hate Social Media: We hear you. We are reluctant participants. But we would
recommend at least signing up for the mail list (link above). We send out very, very few emails--and it'll saves
you the trouble of following any of this nonsense. And we never, ever sell emails.
The Rafter E Studio Gang
Saturday, July 4, 2015!
It'll be a
beautiful day, we'll be making pots...why not be open? Bring your family and friends and come on by. Open 12pm-5pm every Saturday.
(Below: a gladiola from the garden and a new stoneware vase from John Eck.)
Saturday, June 27, 2015
have conspired to make us all be away from the studio the weekend of June 27. If you'd like to get in before the following
Saturday, just contact us via the email link right above this post.
Has Sprung at Rafter E
Don't you want
to be a part of it? Our pots make your flowers look even better!
PS: Don't forget about Porchfest on June 13th. Everybody who's anybody will be there. www.porchfestkc.com
PPS: These flowers are all from our studio garden!
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Events have conspired to make us all be away from the studio this weekend. If you'd like to get in before the following Saturday,
just contact us via the email link right above this post.
And as long as we're talking about those links above, did you know we're slowly
crawling into the last decade and joining social media? Yep. Kicking and screaming. There's a Facebook up
there you're welcome to follow--it'll have more frequent postings than this blog. If you're into it, there's an Instagram,
too--which is actually where I post to, and then share it to Facebook. So the news will be several seconds fresher there.
Thanks for being our friend!
Architecture Break: Arrow Rock II
In case you were wondering why the previous
post described the house as Arrow Rock I . . . here's an early peek at Arrow Rock II, right across the street! I'll post more
as it finishes up. A bigger place, for a retired couple, who spend more time down in AR. Giant back acreage looking out onto
horse stables. And horses, of course. A little different look to this one--it needed to meld with a couple of existing structures
on the property.
This is the street side/south side of the house. The garage to the right was existing. Like the
first house, this one has laminated asphalt shingles, Hardie-plank lap siding and brick-veneer foundations (this is nearly
a building standard in AR). More photos to come!
Architecture Break: Arrow Rock I
If you read this blog from time to
time, you probably saw a post a year or two ago about this weekend house under construction. Because of the town's status
on the historic register, all new construction must be designed in a fitting, traditional style. Although from the outside
it has a Shaker-meets-Queen Anne kind of look, the interior is actually quite contemporary. The centerpiece is a large, vaulted
living/kitchen area. The kitchen has a BIG wood-topped island that can seat up to eight, in lieu of a dining table. The higher
seating lets you see over the living room furniture and out to the beautiful view.
It's all done now, and the owners are spending happy weekends in historic Arrow Rock,
Missouri. Maybe they'll have you over for dinner? I'll put a good word in for you. (But only if you like us on Facebook! Hey, pots don't sell themselves.)
Scenes from the Spring Show
Thanks to everyone that helped make it a great weekend!
Spring Show 2015
Our third annual! We're really excited about this group .
. . and, well, about spring in general. The studio garden is coming back to life! Come by, catch up. (And feel free to join
our mailing list if you're not already on there. And/or, like us on Facebook!)
Friday, April 24
Sunday, April 26
Robert Irving (email@example.com) creates installations and sculpture that collage color, complex forms, and recognizable
objects relating to different signs and symbols from his cultural and social environment. His work has been exhibited internationally
at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, in Jerusalem, Israel; The International Ceramics Studio, in Kecskemet, Hungary;
and the Riga Porcelain Museum in Riga, Latvia. He has also exhibited nationally at The Glassell School and Museum of Fine
Art in Houston, Texas; The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and the Kansas City Artist Coalition
in Kansas City, Missouri.
Reuben Ruhl is currently attending
the University of Missouri Kansas City. His work is the result of the exploration of academic techniques and subtle
iterations in style which often effect the subject of his work in unanticipated ways. This process is a meditation on
the subjective altering of the objective world of experience; in which the human body is simultaneously the barrier to the
Experienced Universe and its co-creator.
Tara Dawley (www.taradawley.com) received her Bachelor of Science at Missouri Southern State College and later began her career as a studio potter in Kansas
City, Missouri in 1999. Having acquired extensive teaching experience, she shares her expertise through workshop presentations
in studios across the country. While emphasizing the alteration of form and the use of texture as surface design, her
pieces continue to exist within the constraints of function. Tara creates at Rafter E Studio in Kansas City and her work can
be seen in local and regional galleries and beyond.
John Eck (www.johneck.com) is a practicing architect and professor at the University of Missouri, as well as a ceramicist. He received a Bachelor of
Architecture from Kansas State University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia. His training in clay
took place at Lill Street Studio in Chicago and Stephen & Susan Hill’s original Red Star Studio in Kansas City.
His work is primarily hand-built, and explores architectural form and “remembered” form—the mental baggage
we all carry regarding the spaces and shapes we inhabit.
The Legend of the "Rafter E"
been open a couple years of now, and--not surprisingly--our name still confuses people. (Surely there's a Business 101 lesson
in there somewhere.)
However, it had to be what it had to be. John has
long stamped his pieces with the "Rafter E" logo, in a nod to the cattle brand established on his grandparent's/
parent's farm, as well as his own profession as an architect. (That's the antique original below, kinda looking like a "Rafter
3", but remember it's backward.) Although the brand is no longer in use in its original capacity,
it still has a life in ceramics.
So although we might still get mistakenly
referred to as "Rafter Studio" or have letters addressed to "Raftery Studio" or "Rafter E. Studio",
if you just remember us as a great place for contemporary handmade ceramics--we're good!