If you haven’t checked out Workshop Studios, then stop what you are doing and go. Located in the historic Northwestern Brass Foundry building – the open-access facility that houses creative studios, and a ceramics facility is so inspiring! Its somewhere I had been hearing rumblings about for a while, and finally got the chance to check it out…
I heard pottery was similar to gardening. A rather cathartic experience and an opportunity to sink your hands into the earth (clay) and experience a new skill and passion. As someone who isn’t crafty, but highly aesthetic – the art of creating something, and the space itself was luring me in.
Our Dote team was eager to reconnect after a crazy start to our year. We creatively spend our days together dreaming up inspiring content for Dote, but wanted to try our hands at a new skill and spend some time together outside of the office.
Workshop Studios holds all sorts of classes for adults and kids. They offer everything from individual studios, memberships to their ceramic studio as well as ceramic classes and workshops.
We opted for a private workshop which included musical stylings by local DJ’s Mike + Cory from Inner Ocean Records, a beautiful selection of wines from Vine Arts to enjoy while honing our skills, and a two hour private instruction by our girl Anna-Lise Schmidt, (as-ceramics) and lovely host Lauren Strybos (From Tree to Sea Ceramics)
We got right into the swing of things with a wedging + wheel throwing demonstration, followed by 45 minutes of creating a couple pieces on the wheel, decorating and glazing them ourselves. These would later be fired by Workshop Studios available for pick up a couple weeks later.
I for one fell in love with the art, and immediately signed up for a 6-week workshop. I am by no means trying to become a ceramics artist – but finding this new hobby and challenging myself to hone a new skill has been so fulfilling.
I was able to pick up some of our creations last week. Our team did a little unveiling party at our weekly meeting and were pleasantly surprised at the usability and final product!!
If you are looking for a great way to bring your team together, enjoy a date night, get your kids busy working with their hands, or have a passion for creating you can sign up for classes by visiting Workshop Studios.
“Never be afraid to try something new because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know.” – anonymous
Special thanks to Workshop Studios for hosting the Dote team.