Left her Full-time Job to Fulfill her Dream of Opening her own Art Studio
Redmond Art Works
Redmond Art Works was founded on the idea of creating a space for our community to gather and make art! Founder Chelsea combines her passion for teaching and pottery to create a stress-free, get messy atmosphere where guest can relax and get creative!
WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME INSPIRED TO BEGIN YOUR BUSINESS?
Redmond Art Works was founded on the idea of creating a space for our community to gather and make art!
I studied both elementary education and ceramics in college and taught in the elementary school classroom for the past 6 years. I've been dreaming since a little girl of one day opening an art studio. A combination of my passion for teaching and pottery, Redmond Art Works was born.
We have created an atmosphere where guest can create masterpieces, enjoy themselves, and where the question 'What would happen if we tried this?' is greeted with an enthusiastic, "Let's try it!"
WHAT DOES YOUR PASSION MEAN TO YOU?
As an artist, I have always been led towards functional pottery. I love the experience and relationship you have with pieces handcrafted and used daily for that always important cup of coffee each morning. Being able to sit down with a piece of clay and create whats in my mind is so rewarding. It is such a blessing to have a space where I can teach others so many therapeutic and rewarding art forms in a one time class, weekly class, or drop in workshop.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO PURSUE YOUR PASSION AND TEACH YOUR EXPERTISE?
Creating a space where I could not only work but be able to empower others to start creating their own artwork is really what makes our studio thrive. Adult classes are used as an introduction to the space with the ultimate goal of giving each student the foundation they need to then start creating pieces on their own during our open studio time.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE LINK BETWEEN YOUR CLASSES AND THE COMMUNITY AROUND YOU?
We are very proud to offer so many different art mediums and classes taught by our talented staff and guest artists from our community. We are constantly introducing new classes at the suggestion of our current students or local artists that have ideas for a fun class that will further the opportunity for our community to connect.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT/ BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT SINCE YOU STARTED TEACHING YOUR CLASSES.
Recently I had a 12 year old student working on the pottery wheel that could not stop sharing how 'Wednesdays are her favorite day because she gets to come play with clay, she went on and on about how relaxing it is to get messy and create something with her hands, bringing her ideas to life.' This was such an awesome moment for me as her teacher knowing we are giving her and her friends a space to truly get creative and try new forms of art.
SHARE ONE QUOTE THAT RESONATES WITH YOU :
"The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint. The greats were great because they painted a lot." -Macklemore
We have this quote up in our studio to remind students of all ages that it's more important to enjoy the experience of making art, it's all about practice, honing in on your craft and being in the moment.