GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CLAY WITH STEPHANIE WILHELM

Do you experience low back and neck pain from hunching over the potter wheel? Have you wondered the ways in which creating at the wheel can affect your own body? In this podcast episode of Wellness for Makers with Stephanie Wilhelm, we discuss the ways in which you can create a practice at the wheel that is sustainable and in alignment with your body. 

We were introduced to Stephanie Wilhelm at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts where Stephanie was an Artist in Residence. She is a lifelong artist from Maryland whose study abroad in Mexico founded her love of clay. Stephanie holds a BFA from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Florida. She has been a production potter, spent years in the wood-firing community, has worked at multiple community clay centers and institutions, and has had her work exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally. Currently, Stephanie is a part of the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana as one of their 2019-2020...

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EMERGENCY RELIEF WITH CARRIE CLEVELAND OF CERF+

Hey Maker! 

Ever wonder how you can work in a way that protects your career as an artist? Carrie Cleveland from CERF+ shares her secret! CERF+. Carrie has worked for CERF+ for 11 years and currently finds herself overseeing the Education and Outreach side of the organization. 

CERF+ is the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. An organization that was founded by artists for artists. It formalized what began as crowd funding and turned it into a platform to provide meaningful financial assistance and recovery for artists suffering from natural or personal disasters. CERF+ urges artists to prepare and rehabilitate studio practices, as well as helps actively confront disasters. 

Carrie tells us about her remarkable career and impact with CERF+ and offers a wealth of resources for all makers. We talk about the time Wellness for Makers and CERF+ joined forces and we listen as Carrie shares some insightful stories to reflect on and consider the importance of an organization such as...

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NERVOUS SYSTEM OVERLOAD WITH ABBY MECHANIC

Hey Maker! 

Let’s get real. As artists we can tend to let our love for creating take over and thus results in our bodies being neglected. Typically, we think about this neglect in terms of our bodies anatomical structure: aches, pains and strains. But, have you ever considered neurological and nervous system affects? 

Abby Mechanic thankfully reached out about collaborating with Wellness for Makers in order to share her personal story. We met over smoothies to talk about how wood making has shaped her life. She began wood-making as a freshman in High School and went on to receive her BFA from the Maine College of Art with a concentration in Woodworking and Furniture Design. She now acts as the Manager of the Making Center at Parsons School of Design. In this role, she works closely with leadership to implement administrative support to align the Making Center objectives across all shops, labs and facilities. Outside of Parsons, Abby currently leads spoon carving...

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