I am currently taking a class through the University of Florida called Art Education in Alternative Settings. One of the projects requires us to visit an alternative site for art education, observe activities, and speak with people who teach and learn there. The program I am visiting is Clay Habit Studio in Jensen Beach, FL.
My First Visit
My first visit at Clay Habit Studio was to interview Mrs. Lindberg on the afternoon of March 21st. The visit lasted for roughly one and a half hours. When I arrived I found Mia’s studio surrounded by native landscape, clay sculptures, blown glass artwork, and a fence with locked gates. I had to call to come in the gate. I soon found out that regular patrons know where the key is hidden. For others a phone call is necessary to come in.
Upon entering, signs direct you along the rock, shell, and concrete walkway to the backyard. This is where you will find Mia, surrounded by handmade artwork, pottery, and supplies. Quickly you come to realize that Clay Habit Studio is not just another pottery studio.
As I came around to the back studio, Mia was explaining and demonstrating a sanding technique to a student. Once the student understood the process and could continue on her own, Mia took me on a tour and we sat down in the studio and talked about her beliefs and her business.
It came out during our conversation that Mia struggled with cancer. Immediately we had a connection and part of our conversation focused on running a business and dealing with cancer at the same time. She explained that for her every day is a blessing and an opportunity to share her gift with others. With that said, she also explained that she is very selective with who she accepts as regular students. They must listen and want to learn. If she feels in any way that someone may create distractions or disruptions, she only takes them on a trial basis.