East Austin Studio Tour

Plan to get a taste of our newest offerings when you stop by Clayworks this weekend for the East Austin Studio Tour.  John will be testing his best recipes and serving samples of  pizza grilled outdoors on our baking stones.  There’s also a new interest in our scuppers and we’ve found a supplier for a natural looking granite finish rainwater collection barrel that looks just right with our fish heads

This morning’s Statesman ran their list of the most interesting weekday EAST programs, and our “Architect as Artisan” presentation was among them.  Friday, 5:30 to 7:00 at Clayworks complete with a kiln opening.  Details on all our weekday programs:
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m.  “Craft Collaboration”

John Gray of Clayworks Studio and Colby Brinkman of Metal Mantis will demonstrate a clay & metal collaboration, step by step.  The process begins at Clayworks where John will throw and decorate a large bowl and finish and trim a previously thrown bowl.  Participants will then proceed to Austin Metal Authority about 5 minutes away at 1400 Cedar Avenue, where Colby will demonstrate bending, welding and hammering to fabricate a metal stand for the bowl, which will serve as a birdbath.
This program is an opportunity to watch traditional artisans at work and learn about the processes and tools they use. Participants will be able to see how at each step of the creation process decisions of design and function have to be made and how these decisions affect each piece. Questions will be encouraged.

Thursday, Nov. 19,  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm “The History and Future of Evolutionary Design”

Zack Booth Simpson, artist and scientist, will talk about how the laws of biology apply to artwork, architecture, and manufacturing.  The effects of technology on human creativity from antiquity to the far distant future will considered.

Friday, Nov. 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Architect as Artisan”

The vibrant collaboration between Austin’s  architects and artisans is explored by a panel of local architects, who are all skilled artisans in their own right.   As part of the program, Clayworks  will open a warm kiln, an event that will reveal a load of routine work.  Most of it (we hope) will come out as expected.  And some of it will, no doubt, surprise us with unintended results, whether disastrous or serendipitous.  This program is sponsored by AIA Austin

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