Farmville ceramicist Adam Paulek is reaching out to the caffeinated masses with his self-serve pottery kiosks. A recent transplant from Knoxville, Tennessee, Adam has wasted no time spreading handmade goodness throughout Virginia. Adam has exhibited his work in several galleries throughout the country, in numerous craft shows, through his Etsy site. Most recently, he hosted a home sale in his new studio, which is constructed from shipping containers.
Adam is now bringing his art to you via your local coffee shop. Adam had created the first ever (as far as we know) Self-Serve Pottery Kiosk and placed it in Richmond’s Lamplighter coffee shop. The concept is simple: take a pot; leave some money (or pay via Paypal when you get home). It seems incredibly brave or incredibly naïve to sell using the honor system, but in Adam’s words “…people who like handmade pots don't tend to steal handmade pots.” It probably doesn’t hurt that 10% of all sales will go to Art 180, a local nonprofit that uses art to empower children from disadvantaged neighborhoods. After all, no one is going to steal from children.
The kiosks are now in two additional locations in Richmond, Stir Crazy and Plant Zero Cafe , and in Indiana, Pennsylvania, with cooperation from local ceramicist Kyle Houser. Look for more kiosks to show up in other cities in 2011.