Monday, May 3, 2010


I'm looking into moving and I'm not sure where to start. A road trip would be fabulous, but not in my budget right now, so perhaps some of my lovely readers could give me some advice.

Portland and San Francisco are at the top of my list, although I've never been to Portland and only briefly visited San Fran. North Carolina is another one. So what's the ceramics scene like in those areas? I'd like to attend grad school in fall 2011, but where to start looking? An awesome social dance scene, especially with swing dancing, is required as well...


matthew_machine said...

Hi Erin! I live in SF. There are several studios in SF where you can rent time, or your own space. There's also many art collectives here that are independent, and a little more DIY.

As for PDX, i've only been there once myself and loved it. Offhand, I know of Radius Studios that has a ceramics studio in it.

Good luck!

Jesse Lu said...

i love my city. San Francisco is ah-mazing. The culture is out of this world and very creative. Tons of places to dance- Lindy HOp in the Park, Metronome Ballroom, and various parties around town. Great swing culture. Ceramics are also great. I'm part of a relatively new ceramic studio, Red Brick, in the heart of the Mission- the arts neighborhood- which has a short waiting list for space. Contact me if you would like more information. The space is great and very affordable. There's also Ruby's and the Clay Studio. And across the bay there are even more fantastic clay things like Trax Gallery, Fourth and Clay, Ceramic Arts of Berkeley... And as far as grad programs go there is San Jose State, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and SF State. And we've got CCACA (California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts) too! Good Luck deciding! :)

Amanda said...

Erin, I'm kind of thinking the same thing. Where to go, what to do???

15 Painted Cups said...

I have a friend who lives in Portland and is absolutely in love. I don't know what the ceramics scene is like up there, but it seems like a pretty artsy place in general. Top of my list of places to move is actually Seattle - University of Washington has an awesome Ceramics grad program, and there seems to be a large community of ceramic artists there. I've pretty much decided I must get a residency at Pottery Northwest:

Good luck, and glad to have discovered your blog. I really like your etsy mugs!

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