This is part 3 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.
What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 34 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 15 & 16, 11 am – 5 pm
You are invited inside the working studios of 57 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each location you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!
Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.
Here are this week’s highlights:
Steve Lawler, rePly Furniture
At rePly Furniture Steve Lawler creates unique, hand-crafted furniture from salvaged plywood collected from local cabinet shops. Through a process established over several years, the plywood is shaped, sanded, and put together in a number of different ways to create one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, heirloom quality pieces extolling plywood’s unique and normally unseen attributes.
Chuck Knigge is a Northwest illustrator and game designer. He mainly works digitally but has been known to dabble with paints. By day, he works as a UI Designer and Artist for Sucker Punch Productions, making games for the PlayStation 4. By night, he draws superheroes, monsters, portraits, and nostalgia pieces.
Claudia Riedener, Ixia Tile Tacoma
Claudia Riedener is a ceramic tile maker, artist, and plant enthusiast. Her love for nature is apparent in her work. Riedener is a self-taught ceramic artist and creates ceramic tile and tile murals for private, commercial, and public installations. Riedener is deeply involved with the Tacoma arts community and has organized and curated many events, shows, and permanent installations over the last 15 years.
Michaela Eaves grew up in the wilds of Montana, surrounded by nature and animals, and spent most of her free time drawing and reading all the best fantasy books the small town and school libraries could provide. The combination continues to heavily influence her art and writing. In her free time, she mountain bikes, spends time with her Rottweiler, and volunteers with the Washington State Animal Response Team.
Kris Crews, Crews Creative
Kris Crews is an independent filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist specializing in documentary film and music video production. Kris works closely with Spaceworks Tacoma and several independent artists, as well as community organizations, to promote art in Tacoma via video and photography. His work has been featured at a variety of local venues including The Grand Cinema, Fulcrum Gallery, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, the Tacoma Film Festival, and Seattle Art Museum.
Jennifer English, SPUN – Clay Arts Studio and Gallery
In 2014, through Spaceworks Tacoma, Jennifer English and her longtime friend, April Sanders, started SPUN. As a potter, Jennifer explores the connections between heart, hands, and clay bodies. She enjoys making pottery accessible to the people in her community through SPUN. Whether it’s on the wheel or sculpting by hand, she loves trying new clay techniques and experimenting with glazes.
Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!
Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio location you visit. Once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the page and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour including:
RR Anderson – Handcrafted monkeyshine
Joe Becker – Notecards
Shirley Benton – Framed abstract painting
Bill Colby – Print
Kris Crews – Photo cards
Ann Darling – Gelatin printed clutch purse
Katie Dean – Print and greeting cards
Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards
Jennifer English – Ceramic sculpture
Lynne Farren – Painting, collage, and cards
Becky Frehse – Painting
Marie Friddle – Notecards or art tin
Nadine Hamil – Wire heart
Henry Haneda – Photo print
Hilltop Artists – Glass beads or marbles
Mark Hudak – Mug
Marie Jensen – Punk doll
Randy Jones – Mobile
Fumiko Kimura – Prints and framed artwork
Lisa Kinoshita – Pendant
Gina Kling – Raku pottery
Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow – Crystal-beaded necklace pendant
Mark Larson – Prints
Steve Lawler – Box or magnet
L. Lisa Lawrence – Bowls
Roberta Lowes – Handpainted silk scarf
Dorothy McCuistion – Handmade book
John McCuistion – Tiles
Naarah McDonald – Clutch purse and gift certificate
Chandler O’Leary – Notecards
Reid Ozaki – Vase
Karen Perrine – Marbled mirror
Claudia Riedener – Tiles
Jessica Spring – Tacoma stamps
Lorraine Toler – Signed print
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Yoshiko Yamamoto – Matted note card
Lois Yoshida – Box of hand-painted cards
The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.
Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors
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