BAYarts to construct new ceramic studio

After much anticipation and planning, construction will begin this summer on the "Karen Ryel Ceramic Studio" on BAYarts' campus. With the blessing of Cleveland Metroparks (BAYarts' landlord), the studio, named in memory of Karen Ryel, ceramic artist and dear friend of BAYarts' close-knit ceramics community, was made possible by a gift from Gretchen Colleran, Karen's daughter, and her husband Brian.

The existing studio has been in the basement of the historic Huntington House for decades. Although there have been electrical and equipment upgrades in recent years, there is much room for improvement both for safety and esthetic issues. The new studio will be located behind the Huntington House, west of the Fuller House.

"Ceramic classes from pre-school to advanced students are regularly sold out because of space limitations," said Erin Stack, BAYarts' education director. "This new space opens up new programming possibilities for our students!"  

BAYarts has hired Vocon Architecture and Design firm to develop the project. Peter Winzig, BAYarts board president and project manager of the Fuller House renovation, will oversee the project for BAYarts. 

Moira Beale

BAYarts, non-profit art education and exhibition center in Bay Village

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.14.2013