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Studio Update

I've moved my studio! Well, I'm in the process, and work goes on in the meantime. If you'd like to contact me about a project, or ceramics, my contact info is in the menu adjacent.

Thanks to all those who came to visit my old studio. A few photos to remember it by below. I'll be updating this blog now and then but, well, Facebook is a little more expeditious. You can find me there at http://www.facebook.com/rafter.e.studio. 


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View of front door and display area.

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View of main work area.

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Display shelf and view to back door.

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View of main work area and canvas drapes in front of storage cubbies.
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View to back of main workroom. Sliding doors easily reconfigure the space.
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View of front door and window. Work sink in alcove to left.
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A view into the bathroom.
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View of entry at night.
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View of office/kitchenette.

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Under Construction!

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. . . the building and the webpage.

rafter e studio is a new art studio and gallery located in an old building--107 years old. According to local legend, the building at 4501 Fairmount Avenue was built in 1905 as a neighborhood grocery store. The picture above is from a tax assessor photograph, circa 1940. (Circa 1940's photographs of nearly all KCMO properties can be found in the Missouri Valley Special Collections at Kansas City's downtown Central Library.)

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The building has had a number of other uses over the past century, as well as a number of remodelings. It's been a wide variety of things: a church, an aquarium and fish store, a woodworking shop and a cabinetry sales office. The picture above shows it as it currently stands. You'll note that the grocery store awning and the building's "false front" disappeared (just like most small neighborhood grocery stores).

The building is now undergoing its 2012 renovation, with plans to be open in early 2013. Check back to see progress, and find out more about us using the links to the left!

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