Today we’d like to introduce you to Rick Van Dyke.
Rick, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I taught fourth grade for 28 years and rented space in a pottery studio the last 12 of those 28 years. When I retired from teaching five years ago, I bought the pottery studio, renamed it Fireseed Clay Art Studios, and now rent to more than 25 other potters. I am in the studio almost every day. I make a lot of pottery for cactus and succulents. My work is unique, organic, highly textured and colorful. I want my pots to look like they grew.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
I believe that trying to support yourself totally on your artwork doesn’t work for hardly anybody long-term. Most people would be happier keeping it on the side as a passion, something you love. Cranking out work for the next show is a great way to ruin that love.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Instagram and through my website.
I have a gallery in my studio that is full of my work. I am open by appointment. I do several shows a year (listed on my website). I notify by email when I do a show. Sign up is on my website. Shops that carry my work are on my website.
- Address: Fireseed Clay Art Studios 2309 Thornton Road, Studio O Austin, TX 78704
- Website: rickvandykestudio.com
- Phone: 512-413-2655
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: scarypotter_rick
Imageclectic is Bill Ledbetter, MCW_7009 is Michael Weintrob, All the rest are Mark Herron