Creative Places-Copper Cat Studio

During Reno Open Studios last October I was fortunate to meet Katie Packham, mosaic artist and owner of Copper Cat Studio.

What inspired the start of your business?

I’ve always been creative, enjoying and excelling at many different art forms from a young age. It’s when I got to college that I was hesitant to make a career out of it. I got a degree in interior design because it was creative but also included a lot of problem solving and project management. I’m very right/left brain equal. I did that for many years and was able to nurture a mural business on the side for about 9 years before delving into mosaics. That is what ignited the passion to make me quit my day job 11 years ago.

My biggest breakthrough came when…

My biggest breakthrough to the path I’m on now is when the mosaic supply company where I taught class for years offered to sell me their business. It was mainly an online business but there was local clientele and I quickly found running it out of my home studio wasn’t going to work. My first move to a public location was in a cute boutique location in Midtown. It was immediately apparent that the space wasn’t big enough for how the business was evolving- mostly workshops, and so when my rent significantly increased after a little over a year, we moved into our current location. I guess that was a huge breakthrough too. I was really upset about the rent increase, but it ended up being the catalyst for the exponential growth we’ve experienced in the last year and a half. I couldn’t be happier with where we are right now!

How do you balance your creative pursuits with your day-to-day commitments?

I would say finding that balance in my day-to-day commitments of running a studio, workshop space, retail front and yoga studio is tough. My time for my own creativity has definitely suffered. I have created a space where others come to nurture their souls through the arts. I feel like I’m finally on the right track and am starting to get in the groove after the move a year and a half ago, so that I can find that bit of creative nurturing I need as well. I love the bustle and energy of a busy studio, but find that I really appreciate those days where it is quiet and I can just mosaic all day without interruption.

What’s next?

I’m not sure…I’ve learned to let the universe guide me. I know that sounds cheesy, but I’ve found that if I lay out some intentions and not try to be too specific with details, the right opportunities pop up at exactly the right time. I am enjoying what we are doing currently but it’s always evolving. The diverse workshops we offer are hugely popular but it’s a lot of work. I see myself simplifying in the years to come and concentrating on just mosaics, yoga and Reiki and other healing modalities.

Anything else to share with the readers?

Just that with our crazy lives, it’s important to take care of ourselves. Whether through yoga, meditation, creativity or getting out in nature…whatever nurtures YOUR soul, we have to fill our own vessel before being able to give to others.

Copper Cat Studio

300 Kresge Lane, Sparks, NV 89431

www.CopperCatStudio.com

Blog: coppercatstudio.blogspot.com

Tessera Glass

www.tesseraglass.com

Advertisements

Reno Open Studios-2018

One of the things I enjoyed about taking my kids trick or treating was catching a brief glimpse into my neighbors’ homes. Some doors opened to elegant entryways set with tile or gleaming hardwood. Others displayed a cozy family room with a fire crackling in the fireplace. I always wondered how the story carried on after the door was closed.

Reno Open Studios  also offers visitors the opportunity to peek behind the curtain to see magic at work in studios not usually open to the public. Since 2009, the first weekend in October is a citywide open house for visual artists working in media spanning from glass to gourds. Even if you only have time to visit a couple of studios, it is well worth the effort.

Details:

When: October 5th-7th

Where: Throughout Reno, NV-Check online brochure and map for details.

Need to know more? Check out https://www.facebook.com/renoopenstudios

September 6th-National Read a Book Day

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

Stephen King

September 6th is National Read a Book Day. While this notable day doesn’t include any paid vacation, celebrating is as easy as reaching for your favorite read, no need to endure long lines at the grocery to pick-up the ingredients for the celebratory meal.  However if you choose to make it a family affair, opt for take-out so you and the kids have more time for reading.  Remember children’s books expose kids to 50% more words than prime time TV.

By the way, the pictured dragon resides at Sundance Books and Music, a Reno indie bookstore. He’s appeared in at least one previous post, but you never can have too much dragon in your life (or too many books). So what are you waiting for?

Art & The Biggest Little City

Local band, Fine Motor.

When I was a little girl, I loved leafing through catalogs at Christmas time. I’d study the pages intently and carefully record my choices on my list to Santa. Although Santa was very good to me, I’d never get everything on my list, but for a brief time all the possibilities were mine.

I feel the same way when I review the Reno Artown calendar in early July. During Artown, the Biggest Little City hosts a month-long celebration of the arts.  In July casinos and churches even hospitals suddenly become art galleries and music halls. And while I know I’ll never get around to all the events when I first receive the calendar, the possibilities are endless.

And while all of the events are carefully organized according to date, artist, genre and cost, there’s always an element of the unexpected to Artown events. Last night at Sundance Books and Music while listening to the smooth rhythms of Fine Motor under the trees, I noticed an impromptu book signing in the audience. An older gentleman emerged from the bookstore and handed his recent purchase to another gentleman to sign. And while I’ll never know the author or the title of the book, I know the inscription was heartfelt from the way the author filled the entire page with his flowing script.

Check out Artown and make your own discoveries.

Independent Bookstore Day

“But ideas lie everywhere, like apples fallen and melting in the grass for lack of wayfaring strangers with an eye and a tongue for beauty, whether absurd, horrific or genteel.” Ray Bradbury

Bradbury’s essay “The Joy of Writing” is an exuberant call to arms. With a respected nod to iconic story tellers like Dickens and Shakespeare, Bradbury urges writers to be inspired by what they love or hate rather than the latest commercial trend. Though I’ve been among the storyteller ranks for most of my life, after reading this essay I snapped to attention like a new recruit, grabbed my notebook and pen eager to capture my latest inspiration before it slipped away in the daily grind.

April 28th is the fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day and I can think of no better place to rub elbows with literary icons or discover new voices than Sundance Books.  Like many indie bookstores throughout the country, Sundance will offer exclusive merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by authors and publishers.

Details:

Independent Bookstore Day

Sundance Books

121 California Avenue, Reno, NV

April 28th-9:00 to 5:00PM.

Good Reads for the Holidays

Baskets-11-26-17

Each basket includes a book, votive candle and of course chocolate.

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”   C.S. Lewis

When you have a long Christmas to-do list and with many good causes needing support this time of year, trying to cover all bases during holidays can be a challenge.  Fortunately, Secondhand Prose’s Open House can solve both problems.  The 13th Annual Open House will have books, holiday items and book-themed gift baskets (including a couple from yours truly).

Located in the Northwest Reno Library, bookstore is operated by volunteers from Friends of the Washoe County Library.  In addition to gently used titles, the bookstore also carries books on CD and unique gifts for the booklover.

When I dropped off my baskets, the library’s backroom was filled with busy volunteers, baskets, and all sorts of goodies from toys to wine glasses. As with most holiday events preparation is key.  One of the volunteers told me, they had slotted two full days to prepare all the baskets for the open house.

Holiday music will be provided by local musicians, so the open house is the perfect opportunity to pick up a few gifts while enjoying the spirit of the season.  And you might find a couple choice reads for yourself…after all it’s for a good cause.

Northwest Reno Library

3525 Robb Drive, Reno NV

775-787-4145

Saturday, December 2, 1017

10:00AM-3:00PM

20Books Vegas

20 BOOKS

Enter a caption

“And everyone’s definition of success is different. Know what yours is before you start on your author journey.”  From 20Books 2017 handout.

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a rookie, most writers agree that writing conferences are an excellent way to network and garner tips on perfecting your craft. However with the vast range of abilities and genres out there, it’s impossible for a single conference to be all things to all authors.  Even genre-specific conferences can have issues with logistics as a couple of my romance colleagues discovered when they attended an established romance conference in Vegas.  The duo trekked long distances to the panels only to discover the rooms filled to capacity.  Not to be denied their HEA, the pair spent the remainder of the conference in their suite working on manuscripts and strategizing for their next boxed set.

I’m happy to report a much different experience from 20 Books Vegas 2017.  Unlike many conferences which are focused on traditional publishing, 20Books is all about Indie publishing. What started as a Facebook group in March 2016 by Michael Anderle soon developed into a significant voice in the indie world.

Held at Sam’s Town, the event reflected the frontier vibe of the venue.  No shoot-out’s at Sam's Townhigh noon, but the spirit of people helping each other resonated throughout the conference.   Twenty minutes before Craig Martelle’s opening remarks, the Ponderosa room was already abuzz with discussion.  With many writers staying at the venue, networking was often as simple as waiting for the elevator.

I returned home with my green spiral bound notebook packed with ideas, business cards and a daunting to-do list.  I can’t say that I’ve got it all figured out, but I now have a better sense of direction thanks to 20Books.