Friends. It seems as if my time at FM Studios in Oakland is coming to an end.
I have been fortunate to have my work and studio space at FM (right in the heart of Oaklands famed First Fridays/Art Murmur) for over eight years now. During that time over 100,000 people have come through our studio doors, enthusiastically viewing my work and making me feel like an important part of the Bay Area arts making community. I have also been fortunate to share space with some of the most talented artist in the Bay Area. That space helped shape my de Young Monsters and Robots project, as well as my Melvin the Sad...(ish) Robot book series. But as with all things, politics, personal issues, and safety come into play, and this space is no longer safe for many of us to continue to work in.
I am actively looking for another option in the area so I can maintain my connection to the community and First Fridays, but prices in Oakland have so drastically increased that it is now difficult to find such a space. It’s the age old story of artist moving into an affordable neighborhood and then being priced out as they help evolve it. If anyone knows of anything, please feel free to reach out to me?
If I am unable to find a studio, my work will be heading into storage. This is so sad to me, as people who have been coming for years to see my work will no longer be able to do so and see my progression as an artist, and I as an artist will no longer have a direct connection to them as my inspiration.
*Update*: I was unable to find another studio space so I will be heading into storage until I can find a suitable space. My goal is to find a local storefront where I can show and sell my work, but also, for the first time in Oakland, teach classes to the community. Until then, stay connected, look for updates here, and more regularly on my instagram page @clayandwine.
Check out this great video we made a few years back for my de Young Artist in Residency.
This is the most popular and big savings combo. Receive the new updated print copy of Melvin the Sad...(ish) Robot v1.5, signed by Joshua Margolis. As well as a copy of the Melvin Coloring Book. I will also throw in some sticker and tattoo(temporary, not real).
Learn about everyone's favorite sad robot, and how he came to life.
The least cool part about this page.
Check out some of the sculptures that led me to creating Melvin and his friends.