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If you ever get a chance to visit Steve at Aruba Clay Studios – do it! He’s created a beautiful space here on Vashon, plus his studio and art are amazing!  Read on to learn more…

Aruba Clary Studio - Vashon Island

VH:  From where do you hail?

Steve: I was born in Pittsfield, MA. I grew up mainly in upstate New York and for a couple of years in Arizona.

VH:  How did you land on Vashon?

Steve: I first came to Vashon in 1983 and left 3 months later. Then in 2000 I moved here again to be with my current wife.

VH:  Tell us all about Aruba Clary Studios…

Steve: My business consists of 3 aspects: tile making, teaching and making my personal work: pottery and sculpture,.

I”m promoting clay as a creative vehicle for one to express their personal creativity or imagination. I love to inspire my students: first and foremost to love the medium first, then to learn technique and hopefully to create a life long love for it. In addition to personal instruction in class time, it includes glaze chemistry, firing techniques and hand building techniques. Primary focus is always one of enjoyment and safety.

Aruba Clary Studio - Vashon Island

VH:  What inspired you to start your business?

Steve: I started teaching when I was in undergrad. And I continued teaching after my studies. The first inspiration was an opportunity to be an artist and my own boss. I had seen my father and older brother work for a corporation all their lives and I wanted to strike a different balance in my life.

VH:  What is your superpower?

Steve: I’m a dream weaver…I weave dreams from the night world into the waking world.

VH:  When you have company visiting the island, where do you like to take them?

Steve: We take them up to our tree net…in they aren’t afraid of heights and of course to the beach and walking in Island Center Forest.

Aruba Clary Studio - Vashon Island

VH:  What’s next for your business?

Steve: I will begin my 38th year of Clay Camps!

VH:  What’s the best thing you ever bought at Granny’s? 🙂 

Steve: The oriental rug in my kitchen!

Visit the Aruba Clary Studio website to learn more.

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