Tuesday, April 17, 2012

RCS Tax Day Etsy Sale

Because we did so awesome with our Easter Sale...
We have decided to have another sale to honor today, Tax Day!
For the next week we are offering free shipping and handling on pots bought from Rudolph Clay Studios Etsy. 
Enter coupon code: RCSISNUMBER1

Monday, April 2, 2012

Rudolph Clay Studios Adventures at NCECA Seattle 2012

I have never been a big fan of flying, so I was less than excited about flying across the country for this year's NCECA conference in Seattle. But as a huge Temple of the Dog fan (i'm just kidding) I had to see this mysterious land of grunge and misty rain.

While there was an endless amount of cold, blowing, misty rain, Cheyenne and I never really saw any "grungers". No flannel shirt clad, long haired cool guys, belting out soon to be radio hits. Plenty of street musicians, one guy playing a sax along with another recorded sax, he was pretty good. A young fellow I suppose one might call "grunge" was playing guitar outside of a clam chowder joint. However, unlike Eddie Vedder's rich baritone, this guy sounded more like an old goat being smacked with a 2x4.

Anyway...as always it was great to see those I haven't seen in...well since NCECA Tampa last year. Saw loads of great art. I was intent on seeing art by Northwest Coast Indian groups and I did at the Seattle Art Museum. Absolutely amazing. Cheyenne and her fellow 1st year MFA, Nicole Gugliotti , lectured on their curatorial experience and alternative gallery spaces. Although attendance wasn't what we hoped due to the multiple other lectures and demos that we going on at the same time, they both did wonderfully. Nicole discussed how she brought art from South Florida artists in just an artist portfolio case all the way to Japan to set up and exhibition at unknown location...and pulled it off without a hitch, almost. Cheyenne discussed her experience with setting up two exhibitions that ran concurrently with NCECA Philadelphia and Tampa and dealing with what can go on when all the balls are in your court and you have to deal with everything that could come setting up and exhibition with multiple artists and unknown gallery owners.

To add to the fun and insanity of NCECA, Emerald City Comicon was going on simultaneously in the same conference center and same hotels. I posted lots of photos to my Facebook page if anyone wants to check them out.

After an overnight cross country flight with screaming babies and jarring turbulence, we arrived in Tampa early Sunday morning, promptly drove home to Gainesville and went to sleep.

so below are images from NCECA Seattle 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012

RCS Easter Cup Spectacular!

Greetings Greetings. For those of y'all who thought we had dropped off the earth...We're still, in fact, on the earth...just in Gainesville and very very busy. Cheyenne is doing great in school. Working really hard and making great work. Not much has changed actually with me. I'm still out of town all the time. We leave for NCECA next week in Seattle...which should be cool. Cheyenne and her fellow 1st year grad, Nicole Gugliotti are co-lecturing, Curating Outside of the Lines, discussing their curatorial experience and utilizing alternative curatorial spaces to reach a larger audience. Anyways, that's Friday from 1-2pm, room 602 at the conference center in Seattle...for those who will be attending NCECA.
 That all being said....we are doing swell. We're both making work, I just fired at St. Pete Clay Co. last week. Wanted to share some of the work with you!

That brings us to the...


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Friday, June 24, 2011

Happy Trails Pottery Sale & Shindig! Bon Voyage, Bon Voyage!

We are moving to Gainesville...for those that have yet to hear. We are shovin' off, gettin' out of dodge, movin' out, movin' on...etc. I have mixed emotions about leaving again. I was born and raised in Bradenton, moved back with Cheyenne, bought a house (don't even get me started on that) and now we are heading out again! For the best of reasons of course, Cheyenne is off to school!!! Whoop Whoop!!!
So we will be having our
final sale at the current location of Rudolph Clay Studios, July 1st and 2nd. We have a large inventory that we don't necessarily want to bring with us to Gainesville and would love to get in your hands. So it's a sale, as is in pots are on sale. We'll have some good deals going on at Rudolph Clay Studios.
After the sale officically ends on Saturday, July 2nd, around 8pm, we are going to kick off our shoes and open a beer. We are having a party...a shindig, if you will. We would really like folks to come out and have a good time. We'll be in Gainesville by the 1st week in August and would really like to see everyone before we go. If you can't make the sale during the day, please swing by Saturday evening. We'll have live music, food, drink....it's a shindig!!

Friday, July 1st, 4 - 9pm. Saturday, July 2nd, 10 - 8pm
Closing party, July 2nd, 8 - whenever pm/am

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Slip Slidin' Away!!!

So it’s official then…Rudolph Clay Studios will be moving north to Gainesville! Cheyenne has been accepted into the graduate ceramics program at the University of Florida! So congratulations to Cheyenne, I’m very very proud of her. It has only been about a week since we found out, so we are still trying to wrap our minds around this pretty significant “life change” we have ahead of us. There is a lot to do before we move to Gainesville, but we are as excited as we are anxious. Now that the announcement has been officially made, we have to get cracking on the long list of tasks to complete before we can go. We are hoping to rent our house! It’s a cute little cracker-style house with detached studio in a great neighborhood near downtown Bradenton. If anyone is interested please contact us and we can give you all the details. Our hope is to rent the house so we won’t lose it, unfortunately we just can’t afford to pay rent up in Gainesville and a mortgage down here. We love our little house and hope to rent it to folks we trust that appreciate its historic charm and value the studio. School starts in August so we really don’t have much time, so if anyone is interested please let us know as soon as possible.

That all being said…we are also looking for a place in Gainesville. If any of our Gainesville friends can point us in a good direction. We are not looking for anything fancy, just close enough to ride bikes to school and is cool with pets. Some place with a garage would be preferable so I could set up a little place to make pots. If anyone has any info that might help, it would be very very appreciated.

We do have quite the inventory of pottery in the studio, and as much as we would love to tote boxes and boxes of pots to Gainesville, what we would love more is get some of those pots in y’alls hands. If you’re local and interested in swinging by and looking through our inventory…please don’t hesitate to contact us for the best time to come by. We will be doing a Bon Voyage sale at home in the near future as well as at the RCS Etsy site. We’ll announce those dates before too long, but if you’re interested in making a purchase before then, just holler at us.

This is a pretty big endeavor for us to make the move out of town, if only just a couple hours away. I grew up in Bradenton, I’ve moved away and been back several times now, but this is very different, for me, for us. It’s different, of course, for obvious reasons, we own this house and sure would hate to lose it, but aside from that, we are taking a big step in our lives, a huge step in Cheyenne’s clay career, and a leap of faith for both of us. It’s going to be great, this I’m sure of. We are very excited to be closer to our good friends up in Ocala, and very excited to nurture new friendships with folks up in Gainesville. We are going to miss all y’all that we have grown so close to here in Bradenton, but we’re only two and a half hours away. My folks who have helped us and supported us in everything down here, thank you so much, we’ll make it down for family dinner night as often as possible. My sister and her beautiful family, we’ll miss you guys so much. I’m getting all choked up writing this actually. We’ll bring the blow-up mattress when we come down. Thank you so much to everyone from Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Pete and Tampa, from all over, who came to our sales and who supported us. St. Pete Clay and Craftsman House, Rudolph Clay Studios wouldn’t have made it if it wasn’t for y’all.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Dust the cobwebs off please

It took me 2 hours to go 3 miles the other day while stuck in traffic on I75. Apparently some knuckle head semi-truck driver took a chunk out of an overpass around Gainesville. I was headed north for another 10 day stint in the Osceola National Forest. Another 10 days away from the studio. So as I’m sitting here in the hotel room, I thought I might dust the cobwebs off this blog and fill folks in on what is shaking at Rudolph Clay Studios.

Well, what’s shaking is we are working our butts off in an economic climate that is not particularly advantageous to folks like us. Lyrics from a Patty Griffin song come to mind and give comfort to some degree, “There’s nothing like poverty to get you into Heaven…” I’m comfortable enough in my masculinity to say that is what I was singing at the top of my lungs while stuck in traffic the other day. So in the very short four day breaks I get between 10 stints up in Osceola, I’ve been in the studio almost every minute getting new work made for the NCECA Conference coming up in Tampa. No rest for the weary. I’m sure Patty Griffin has a brilliant song about that too somewhere. Cheyenne is of course making incredible work in studio. She always does. She’s been super busy getting new work made for NCECA as well. She is the curator of the Queens of Confection Exhibition at The Singing Stone Gallery in Ybor City (more info to come on that). We both be will be in The Art of Function Exhibition at the Craftsman House Gallery. Both will be great shows. I’ll also be featured in the Artist in Residence Exhibition at the St. Pete Clay Co.

So yes we are very busy both in studio and in life. We are pushing on through this adverse economy. I’m very happy to be working right now because I know many folks who are not. I’m happy to have a wonderful life with a wonderful and supportive wife. It does at times feel like we take one step forward, two steps back…but we want to make art for a living…what did we expect?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thanks Y'all!

Just wanted to say thanks again to everyone that come out for our sale. We really appreciate y'all. It was an exhausting weekend to be sure, but well worth the effort. Luckily for us the weather cooperated too...well for the most part.
If anyone didn't get a chance to come out to the sale, Cheyenne just posted a ton of new work on our Etsy page: http://www.etsy.com/shop/rudolphclaystudios
So check it out if'n your interested in gettin a little somethin somethin...