From its humble beginnings in a 504-square-foot apartment to a 1965 Bell camper trailer to a garage heated with a wood-burning stove, Cassy Crafton Kramer's pottery business has historically been operated in small spaces.
Kramer, who's been making pottery full-time since 2013, is stretching out a bit and recently moved into a new studio location at 213 11th St. W.
At 770 square feet, it feels spacious compared to her previous spaces, and features retail and display shelves in the front, a gathering area for classes and workshops and several throwing wheels and kilns.
"My productivity has increased dramatically," said Kramer, remarking at how easy it's become to operate her business when everything is close and accessible. "I’m out of the weather. Before, I was spending 2 hours a day tending the fireplace. The kilns were in a different shed. I would be carrying mugs to different rooms across an ice ledge."
Kramer hopes the new space will become a gathering place for artists, and she will offer one of the few pottery wheels in the city accessible to the general public. The Lincoln Center also offers pottery classes.
A grand opening celebration for 504 Square Feet will take place Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4-9 p.m. The event is open to the public and includes giveaways of pottery, private lessons, classes, and more. For more information, call 406-591-0115 or email email@example.com.