Saturday, January 30, 2010

Local Craftiness: The Studio at Rush Creek



Last Monday I walked into the place of my dreams. Seriously. I've dreamed of a place like this. Fortunately for me it actually exists and get this, is only about 10 minutes from where I live in Plymouth, MN. It's called The Studio at Rush Creek and is an art studio, boutique, AND makes a mean mocha. I was contacted by the Studio via Etsy last week and on Monday brought in some work to place on consignment there.

It's a fabulous place. I had a great time looking around and with that lovely coffee smell permeating the air I think I could sit and sip for hours- especially if I can create at the same time. I took a look at their class schedule and they offer all sorts of classes. Painting, jewelry making, an intro to encaustic, and lots of lovely sounding stained glass and glass fusing classes. Slumping glass is one of those projects I've been interested in trying for some time but haven't taken the time to search out an opportunity to learn. The price is right too with the average class taking two hours and costing only $24 plus supplies.

When we met we worked out a class which would introduce my wire and fabric techniques. Pretty exciting! I'll be teaching the techniques for sculpting wire birds and stitching fabric to wire to create a hanging wall display on Thursday, Feb .25th from 7-9 p.m. These are simple techniques and once you've you tried them I know you'll be hooked. The wire work satisfies that need we creative types have to "make stuff" with our hands. Stitching the fabric to the wire is repetitive and promotes a feeling of meditation. Similar to the feeling you get when knitting or embroidering. It's a wonderful craft to try with no experience necessary!

I've done some teaching in the past but this will be my first class teaching these techniques and I am so excited! I would love to have any of you that are local to join me! If you have any questions about the class, please contact me. To register, just click on the class schedule above. Happy Crafting!

4 comments:

Single Stone Studios said...

Oh, how I wish I could be there!!!

Jen said...

Same weekend as the Home and Garden Show! You might need the set up time though- :)

Karna said...

Jen-long time no see! You are never going to believe this but I was just at The Studio at Rush Creek. My friend lives in Maple Grove and she told me I had to come have coffee with her there. What a great place!!!! A while ago, Kristen had shown me some of your wire work, so right away I recognized you artwork at the coffee shop! Your stuff looks amazing! And now after visiting your Etsy shop and blog, I am even more amazed. You are really making your mark in the art world! Congrats! I too have been working on art! But I have yet to join Etsy or create my own website...so any advice you can give me would be great. Maybe we can hook up on FB and I'll show you some photos. Good luck with the class! Karna

Jen said...

Hi Karna! I was just on the phone to Kristen this morning and told her about the Studio. Crazy you were there! I would love to hook up and hear more about what you're doing. It's cool you've been playing- I truly believe we art types need the play time, mama's or not. Thanks for dropping by the blog and the shop. It's all under construction right now but I'm excited. It's been a great ride!