Not surprisingly, the Facebook page for the Red Lodge Clay Center features photos of resident artists and their amazing creations.
But don’t get the idea that these creative folks spend every waking minute toiling away at their potting wheels. You’ll see them gathered at the side of a stream, dressed in waders and holding fishing rods. Sometimes they’re photographed just kicking back.
Ohio-born Andrea Moon participated in a residency at the Red Lodge Clay Center a few years ago, and that opportunity evolved into a permanent position. As communications and residency coordinator for the center, she plays an important role in connecting resident artists with the community.
More than 100 ceramic artists display their works at the center. In addition to the residency program, the center holds classes and other programs designed to introduce local residents to ceramic arts. “I came here after doing another residency program that I had completed in Tennessee,” Moon said. “The program here was growing, and they asked me to stay.”
One benefit of her job is that she also gets to work in the center’s studio, Moon said.
“It’s in the heart of Yellowstone country, and it’s a beautiful tourist destination,” Moon said. “To be in Red Lodge is kind of a big deal for a young artist. For me moving here, it was exciting to see the energy and to realize what we had in this small community.”
Moon became interested in ceramic arts when she was in eighth grade.
“I had an opportunity to shadow a ceramic artist. In high school I did an after-school program and worked as an apprentice,” she said.
Describe how you got where you are in your work today: Research, travel, discipline and sacrifice. My life has been a journey of adventure and passion toward my goals in art and education for the arts.
What’s the toughest challenge that you have faced in your business? The balance of long-term and short-term goals. … “Keep your eye on the prize.”
What did you learn from that challenge? Practice makes permanent.
What’s the best business advice you have received? Invest … Invest in people, yourself, career, colleagues, finances, and family. This creates value and growth in all facets of life.
Who gave you that advice? No one in particular, but the people around me have always supported and invested their trust in me. Investing in them has made me who I am today.
Here’s what I’d like to do to improve my community: Have more daylight hours.
Aside from profit and loss, how do you measure success in your job? Happiness and personal growth.
Which living person do you most admire? Narrowing it down to one person certainly minimizes the value of all people, of my single mentorships throughout my life and career, so I cannot answer this question adequately.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My everyday … my perspective toward my career and life as a whole is a continuous personal success, and I feel rewarded consistently.
I’m happiest when I’m… working in the studio, listening to music, and sipping on a great cup of coffee.