As Black Friday approaches, I suggest every artist re-evaluate their holiday gift wish list and add this studio to it.
Last weekend, Laura and I received a wonderful invitation to visit Tom Clarkson's and Cindy Hammond's newly finished pottery studio. We knew they had been putting a lot of time into creating it and setting it up, but this was the first time we got to see it in action.
Wow! What a beautiful studio. I imagine any artist would give anything for space like Tom and Cindy's. Not only is it brand-spanking-new and gorgeous, but every inch of it is perfectly thought out. From the huge windows looking out over the Blue Ridge Mountains, to the skylights, to the custom and automated spray booth, to the dual kiln room (with attached sitting porch), to the (future) gallery space, and to the endless linear feet of work space... it is an artist's dream.
So if you think you've been good enough this year, go ahead and ask Santa to bring you a studio like Tom and Cindy's. Who knows... you might get lucky.
Oh, you know Laura and I couldn't leave without buying a couple of wonderful pots.