Creative Journey Studios - You Must Visit
By Amy Koranek
I had the privilege of visiting Creative Journey Studios in Milton, Georgia this Summer during the grand opening of their new location. For any polymer clay enthusiast, this is truly a must-see, must-visit, must-be-part-of situation. Creative Journey Studios is a one-of-a-kind polymer clay haven, museum, gallery, workshop, and retail space.
For starters, Creative Journey Studios is the home of (arguably) the largest museum-style collection and historical display of polymer clay items on this or any other planet. Sue Sutherland, Gallery Director and Ellen Prophater, Education Director have amassed some of the earliest examples of polymer art all the way through modern designs. The staff is made complete with Ellen’s son, Randy Prophater, who is quickly becoming expert on all things polymer.
The shop is beautifully organized with currently 18 cases of historic displays. You really want to take your time and look at each and every piece. You will quickly recognize many of the most famous names of artists who make or have made oven bake clays their medium of choice. You will be amazed at the processes, techniques, and developments in polymer clay uses through it’s 50+ year history.
[caption id="attachment_37019" align="alignleft" width="300"] Trunk Show display featuring works by Lindly Haunani[/caption] [caption id="attachment_37020" align="alignleft" width="300"] Christi Friesen's permanent display collection[/caption]
The museum cases form one wall that borders the gallery and retail area. This part of the showroom will take time to examine as well as there are 75 artists represented with their most current work. Each artist has a dedicated display area. You will be so inspired and you will certainly need to pick up a souvenir from your visit to the Studios. Check their website often as they regularly feature artists trunk shows and special events.
[caption id="attachment_37022" align="alignleft" width="300"] Leslie Blackford's permanent display collection[/caption] [caption id="attachment_37023" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ponsawan Sila's permanent display collection[/caption]
Workshops are ongoing at Creative Journey Studios. The annual workshop schedule includes the best teachers from around the world. The teaching area is so thoughtfully designed and organized. I was jealous of the four oven situation with built in ventilation fans. The ovens are operated as easily as a light switch and they are calibrated for different brands of clays. There’s a spacious demonstration area with plenty of workspace for students. The class numbers are kept low so that you can have a personal connection with your favorite instructor. And of course, any supplies you could want or need are available for purchase right there in the classroom.
[caption id="attachment_37021" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Grand Opening weekend L-R: Randy Prophater, Amy Koranek, Ellen Prophater, Sue Sutherland, and Lindly Haunani.[/caption]
Creative Journey Studios is part of a beautiful new shopping area called Crabapple Market. It is neighbored by restaurants, a coffee shop and bakery, and lots of unique retail shopping.
A trip to Creative Journey Studios should definitely be on your bucket list. You will be inspired, encouraged, enlightened, and entertained.
Creative Journey Studios
12630 Crabapple Road, Suite 220, Milton, Georgia 30004