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Open Art Studio

6-30-20 Update Creative Arts Studio Hours Open 11-4:30 pm

We are open as Dave is setting up the outdoor seating!

Weather permitting, there will be a total of 6 outdoor, socially-distanced tables. (3 in front of our studio, and another 3 in front of the old Town Tavern. Please see below for more information.)

Creative Arts Studio Reopening!
We have slowly been reopening the studio to allow for in-studio creating. Pottery Painting and Mosaic Art projects are now available. Glass Fusing will soon follow!
Reservations are required to ensure a socially distanced table is available for you! Please see below.
Wheel-throwing workshops are also beginning to resume. Please understand that priority will be given to all students who were in midst of a session (when shutdowns began), followed by students who were registered and waiting to begin their session (again which shutdowns prevented from running).
Unfortunately, The Wax Hand Machine will remain closed due to the physical contact required between staff and guests, as well as the inability to sufficiently sterilize liquid melted wax.
New Studio Hours*
Monday-Saturday from 11am-4:30pm.
Each day we will offer two opportunities to come in to create. Each session will last for 2 hours. (You certainly do not need to stay the entire time; we just don’t like to rush the creative process!)
Session 1: 11:30am-1:30pm
Session 2: 2-4pm
*We strongly encourage anyone who wishes to create to make a reservation to ensure that a table is available.
Please call (248) 544-2234 to reserve a table and let us know which day and which session you wish to reserve. Finally, please indicate if your preference is for an indoor or outdoor table. If you are leaving a message, please also include your name and phone number.
Outdoor Seating!
The Royal Oak City Commission recently passed a resolution to assist businesses impacted by the pandemic, the opportunity to apply for a temporary use permit allowing for outdoor seating. We are very pleased that the city has approved our application. Weather permitting and social distancing honored, we will have 3 outdoor tables in front of our studio.
Furthermore, and sadly, our next-door neighbor Town Tavern did close permanently during the shutdown. Both their location and ours share a landlord who has graciously granted us use of the patio space in front of this restaurant (until a new tenant is found). With social distancing in mind, we can safely offer 3 more outdoor tables for creating.
Safety Measures
We care deeply about the health and safety of our wonderful staff and patrons, as well as the community in which we live and work. For this reason, all staff will be wearing a mask, and we kindly ask that you do so as well. Furthermore, temperatures of all staff, as well as all patrons will be taken upon entering the studio. We regretfully ask anyone who is unable to comply with these safety measures to postpone any visits until such safety protocols are no longer required!
Our online store will remain open for those who wish to continue creating at home. Pottery Art Kit site: https://potteryartkits.com/.
Sincerely,
Kristin & Dave and Creative Arts Studio staff

RAKU POTTERY

Raku is in the H-O-U-S-E!

 Raku is in the H-O-U-S-E! 

What is Raku Pottery? #rakupottery

Raku Pottery Detroit

 

Being unique in the creative arts world is a feat unto itself worth mentioning, yet to do so to such a degree of excellence and beauty that time itself pauses still and takes notice – is near legendary.  Such is the timeless, beauty of Raku pottery, whose centuries old tradition still continues to this day, revealing itself in the most spectacular and beautiful fashion!  In that proud tradition that honors the spirit of excellence that is true of Japanese culture, a culture so beautifully showcased in its signature form of art – Raku, the Creative Arts Studio of Royal Oak, Michigan is proud to present Raku Pottery to the public!

Here, at our studio/gallery in the greater Detroit area, hobbyists and art enthusiasts everywhere can embrace this historical tradition and discover the timeless techniques of this rare, exquisite form of art.  Students who are interested in our Raku Pottery classes will learn a craft that has been passed down from one generation of artisans to another, embodying this time-honored custom in the best traditions of Japanese art. The Creative Arts Studio is excited to share this ancient tradition of the arts with art enthusiasts everywhere and now, makes it available to our friends and neighbors in the community to discover for themselves.  

The Creative Arts Studio invites you out to experience Japan itself, through enrolling in one of our Raku Pottery classes!  Our seasoned staff are passionate practitioners of the creative arts and teach students the traditional techniques still being used today to create Raku Pottery’s signature aesthetic appeal. Students who enroll In the Creative Arts Studio’s Raku Pottery class will experience a hands-on interpretation of the art, and have the opportunity to create and design a Raku piece of their own!

Japanese Raku Pottery

Raku pottery dates back to 16th century Japan, and the firing technique has changed very little since. The process begins by creating a piece out of clay and firing it once to turn it into a bisque ware piece. Once the piece is in this bisque stage, the Raku glaze can be applied. Raku glazes are specifically formulated only for this firing process.

Raku Pottery

The firing process begins by heating the pieces up to 1,800 degrees in the Raku kiln. Once the pieces reach peak temperature, they are carefully pulled out of the kiln using tongs. At this stage, the pieces are so hot that they glow a bright orange. These super hot pieces are then placed in reduction chambers so that the glazes can set. Reduction chambers are cavities filled with combustible material that are tightly covered. This is done to reduce the amount of oxygen and increase the amount of carbon that the pieces are exposed to as they cool.

Raku Pottery

All of these steps create the brilliant flared lusters and trademark crackles that make Raku pottery so unique. The Creative Arts Studio is thrilled to share this timeless form of traditional Japanese art! Come experience for yourself, the beauty of a vibrant culture that has outpaced it seems, even time and technology themselves.  In a culture caught between the modernized move “forward” and the timeless traditions that still holds them to their proud past – Raku Pottery is a beautiful bridge between both worlds.  Come experience for you and yours, the best of both the modern and ancient world with Raku Pottery taught in the traditional, Japanese form of the art at The Creative Arts Studio!

Raku

  • Monthly firings, as the weather permits

  • Super exciting and interactive process

  • Available to all students signed up for our Intro to Wheel Throwing courses

  • Totally unique finished product

  • Check our class calendar for upcoming one-day workshops

  • All firings are led by our kiln techs with over 40 years of combined experience

  • All supplies included at each firing

See More Raku Pottery Here

 


Pottery Painting Detroit

Cut from a Different Mold

 

Painting

From catchy phrase to clever concept…

If you’re an observer of trends, then you’ve most likely heard the phrase: “…that person is cut from a different mold.”  This catchy cliche is a way of saying ‘that individual is unique and in a class of his/her own…’  The phrase also has an even more defined secondary meaning: the activity and artistry of molding clay into works of art with one’s own hands!   Here at the Creative Arts Studio in the town of Royal Oak, Michigan, we welcome you to bring a friend out to our do-it-yourself art studio to attend some of our clay hand-building classes!

Hand Building with Clay

As unique is the art, so is the artist… #HandBuildingwithClay

The Creative Arts Studio recognizes that just as hand-built clay mold creations are as unique as the potter who created them, so are the individuals who are cut from a different mold – in a uniquely, different class than their co-equal counterparts. Here, at our Royal Oak, Michigan studio, we see this uniqueness demonstrated daily with each new piece of hand-built, hand-painted pottery we proudly display in our studio gallery.  To embrace the unique characteristics of each work is to give homage to the creator who hand-built the piece with his/her hands, pouring passion, personality, and promise into their art.  It is to this that the Creative Arts Studio offers hand-built clay classes – so you too can express your inner artist, just as those who are cut from a different mold!

 

In the mind of every artist, there is a masterpiece. Kai Greene

 

Cut from a different mold kind of folks…

People of this class and sort are often the movers and shakers of society, who plot new paths of progress for humanity to embark upon.  These are the visionaries among us who build businesses from scratch, then forge them into companies that give back to the community through employment opportunities, services, charitable causes and philanthropic endeavors. The Creative Arts Studio believes that through the sharing of art, in all its various forms of artistic expression – is giving back to the community in unprecedented ways as new generations pick up the torch and take up the arts.

Hand Building with Clay Art

As in life, so in art…

Just as in life, so as in art; we can be just as unique and different in our artistic expressions.  Through our art, we can give back to society through imparting some seed of inspiration or communicating some higher ideal through our artistic voice.  We welcome you and yours to unleash your inner artist here at the Creative Arts Studio, where being cut from a different mold is a beautiful thing!  Come and bring a friend or your family to attend one of our hand-built clay pottery classes, where you can form, mold and paint to your imagination’s creative contentment!

  • Private one hour of personalized instruction, Fields trips or Scout Outings are available.

  • Mold your own customized work of art

  • Learn how to hand-build using coils, slabs, or pinch pots!

  • Come with a project idea or we can provide one for you!

  • Tons of glaze colors to choose from

Do It Yourself Pottery Painting Detroit

Click here for information on Hand Building Scouting Events

 

Thank you!


 
 

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