I am so excited to get back doing what I love and that is to teach. I miss my students from the Kansas City Art Institute. A wonderful community had grown up around the metal clay classes at KCAI and while technically they were my students, we really had become friends.

So I am thrilled to announce that this is the first month of my Open Studio, which will be held the third Thursday of every month. The first Open Studio will be this month on March 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Open Studio will be a laid back time for artists to work on their own projects, network with other artists and I will be around to help them problem solve on metal clay issues.   I will have studio tools and equipment available for artists to use, a resource table with books and information on vendors. This will be great for those artists who don’t otherwise have access to these tools.

I met and have been working with an amazing person this past year, Jennifer Gastelum of Jewelry Artist Supply. Early in the year she asked me to design a texture plate for her company, which I did. So she weathered all my family craziness this past year, showing an enormous amount of patience, and she’s funny too! Really, she’s the complete package! LOL

Texture plate designed by Susan Breen Silvy

Texture plate designed by Susan Breen Silvy

Jennifer can’t be at the Open Studio in person but what she has done is HUGE! She has gathered up all the sample textures that were created during the research and development of my exclusive design and shipped them to me so I can give then to the artists at my first Open Studio! Isn’t that cool? I also think there is another box coming with all sorts of little odds and ends to give away. She is a doll and I am so grateful our paths have crossed.

The Open Studio is March 19 from 6 to 9p.m. at in the activity room at Riverstone Retirement Community. Riverstone is located in the Kansas City Northland on the northwest corner of the Zona Rosa shopping district. It is $25 per person. Seating is limited so you must reserve your spot in advance. To reserve a spot, please email me at SusanBreenSilvy@yahoo.com and I will send you specific directions. I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting some new ones!

So don’t forget! March 19th!