rafter e studio

 Open every Saturday from 12pm to 5pm
 4501 Fairmount, Kansas City, MO


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.)

Friday, April 24

Saturday, April 25

Sunday, April 26


Ryan Fletcher (www.ryanfletcherdesign.com)



Kahlil Robert Irving (kahlil.irving@gmail.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. 



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The Legend of the "Rafter E"

We've 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 above, 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!


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Testing Testing . . .

Greenware stacking canisters and some new test tiles. And the finished product!

PS: Had someone see this pic and ask me if our tabletops were cork. No, they're just plain old particle board with a polyurethane finish. But IKEA did just come out with some new cork tables. Have you seen these?




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So This Nice Thing Happened!


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Porchfest 2015!

What do you mean, you don't know what that is? Go here to find out: www.porchfestkc.com.




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Holiday Shopping at Black Bamboo

If you're tooling around on Saturday with holiday shopping in mind, pay a visit to Black Bamboo at 114 Southwest Boulevard, KCMO. They'll be hosting a show of local arts and crafts that should solve most, if not ALL, of your shopping needs! How's that for good deal? Tara will be representing Rafter E at that event, while John stays at Rafter E (open 12pm-5pm).


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 Holiday Show 2014

Thanks to everyone who made this year's show a success! Below are some pics of the set-up this year...if you didn't get a chance to come by, we're open every Saturday, all year long, from 12pm-5pm. We still have plenty of great ceramics for gifts (or just, you know, for anything.)

PS: Happen to be in Fairhope, Alabama over the holidays? John and Tara had vases selected for exhibition in the "Single Stem" show at the Kiln Studio. Check it out! 

PPS: The last pic is actually Tara's recent booth set-up at a show in Denver. It was such a nice shot it needed to get in here, too. 





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 Holiday Show 2014

 It's that time of year again, and we'll once again be part of the Kansas City Clay Guild Holiday Tour. Visit here to see a map of all the participating studios. Come by and see us (plus we'll have excellent cookies made by Mike and Kristyn Jones of "The Good Cookie".) 

You can find us at 4501 Fairmount Avenue, KCMO. (Four blocks east of State Line on 45th.)


Friday, December 5

Saturday, December 6*

Sunday, December 7


*We're ALWAYS open on Saturdays, by the way. Noon-5pm. (Unless it's a holiday.) 


 See below for a sneak preview of what we'll have: 





























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Chimney Pot

We've started to clean out the studio garden . . . the last few daisies in a chimney pot vase. (This variety, by the way, grows REALLY well in our region--it's almost a shrub.)


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Lidded Boxes

Fresh out of the kiln! The lids are unglazed buff sculpture clay, and the bodies are glazed in three matte colors. Interiors are glossy cobalt blue.



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