“Clay, and sound.” That’s what fascinates The Clayworks’ studio coordinator Janie Tubbs. Often, her projects incorporate both to become drums, whistles, shakers and other clay musical instruments. Barry Hall features her work in the book From Mud To Music.
Before joining The Clayworks staff as studio coordinator, Janie was administrative assistant for the art department, and webmaster, at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan. She also taught as part of the Lindsborg Arts Council Summer Recreation Program in Arts and Crafts.
In her Clayworks position, Janie runs the studio. She is the go-to source for help and direction in working with greenware, clay and the studio’s potter’s wheel. She has recently introduced the artists to another one of her favorite media, basket weaving.
Janie’s skill in administration and management is key to The Clayworks success. “She knows how to make things happen,” program manager David Olson says. “Janie understands how to manage a classroom so that successful art can happen on a daily basis. And she’s been essential in helping to make this a successful business that financially rewards its artists for the work they do.”
“The idea of family has been a huge influence for my own artwork,” Janie said. “That’s one of the many reasons I love working at The Clayworks. We’re a family that helps and encourages each other, and loves each other.”