130 S. Sheldon Ave, Ames, IA 50014
Studio: (515) 292-3448
Located in the basement of the Collegiate United Methodist Church Wesley Foundation Annex, potters and other artists form a community called the Creative Artists’ Studios of Ames (CASA). CASA is a non-profit that offers artists studio space to work, to learn from each other and to share their expertise with the public.
One of the original members of CASA is Greg Lamont. After taking a few pottery classes in college and high school Greg became interested in the art form. For a few years he worked in a studio out of his home. In 2001, however, Greg was becoming thoroughly aware of the “messiness” associated with clay and pottery and he wanted to find studio space outside of his home. That year, Greg and some other artists were offered a chance to form CASA and gain studio space. They jumped at the opportunity and on Jan. 1, 2001 they moved into the church annex.
Greg now spends his days at CASA turning slabs of clay into beautiful pieces of pottery. His work is primarily related to the preparation of food and drink and is influenced by Korean and Japanese folk pottery. All of his work can be used in conventional and microwave ovens as well as dishwashers. This has allowed local establishment, Stomping Grounds, to display their food and drinks in works of art
created by Greg himself. The mugs found at Stomping Grounds are even color-coded to remind baristas of their size and the color of the plates is said to complement the food that is being served on them.
Next time you stop into Stomping Grounds be sure to keep an eye out for Greg’s works. You can see more of his work at www.lamontpottery.com or by contacting him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. He welcomes visits to his studio Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., or stop in during the Ames Area Studio Tour on Oct. 10 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and 11 (noon-4 p.m.). Greg will be in his studio showing off his work and giving demonstrations.
For more information about the Ames Area Studio Tour please visit http://www.amesart.org/ames-area-studio-tour.html.