A Chat with Pioneer Valley Artspace
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are a non-profit art space in a private home. Lessons are in a small-group setting, keeping them very intimate and comfortable. We have 500 pounds of Play Clay along with molds and ceramics….All ages welcome.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
PVArtspace provides acrylic paints, basic color glazes for firing, and many of the necessary tools needed for hand building. We have Play Clay, which is a just for fun. [Play Clay is a] moist clay body with great plasticity. [We have] Super White talc earthenware pottery and red stoneware with grog. We also have [around] 1,000 molds.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I have always loved playing with clay and painting ceramics. When I had an opportunity to take over my downstairs apartment and create an art space, I jumped at it. I have collected between 500 and 1,000 molds of all shapes and sizes, and I partnered with a local slip caster to bring unique pieces to paint.
What do you love most about your job?
I love miniatures and brought home over 100 tiny molds for slipcasting. I have molds for Christmas ornaments, miniatures, garden [pieces], porcelain flowers, [and more]. I have over 20 Christmas village house molds and I love seeing the faces of my students when they pour and release their first mold. Come join the fun!