When Valerie Grossman graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2012 with a degree in Ceramics, she had no idea in less than three years she would be opening one of Cleveland’s first shared space ceramic studios. On April 30th BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio will be opening thanks to Grossman’s vision, and funding from the Kresge Foundation, IFF, NoteWorthy Credit Union and City of Cleveland Storefront Program.
The new studio will feature a variety of amenities including: work space for artists, several electric kilns varying in size, pottery wheels, table space, shelving, a slab roller, an extruder, a glaze lab, a mold making area, and a gas kiln built by Val and the BRICK team. At a later date, the studio will also feature a resident artist program which includes a visiting artist efficiency apartment, as well as workspace in exchange for helping manage the studio and teaching during the residency.
BRICK will also offer a variety of classes to the public. These include access to all materials and glaze as well as initial bisque firings. Different class options are available on a per-class basis, monthly memberships and/or open public studio time for independent work. For a complete listing of current class offerings, please visit:www.brickceramics.com.
“Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about BRICK,” said Grossman. “This dream of mine is now literally becoming a reality! I wanted to create an option for a shared space in Cleveland, because I couldn’t find one anywhere! The only options were private studios. Not only did I want to create a shared artist space, but I also wanted to offer classes and opportunities to the public interested in ceramic art. Everyone should have an opportunity to create!”
BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio will be celebrating their grand opening on Friday, May 1st from 6:00pm-10:00pm. This event is free and open to the public! Refreshments will be served. Music will be provided by René Schiffer of Apollo’s Fire on cello, and a DJ set by Twizz later in the evening.
Don’t forget to support their Kickstarter project, running through May 6th at kickstarter.com/projects/brick/brick-ceramics-studio-opening