Dot Org: Studio Arts Boulder

Studio Arts Boulder’s mission is to cultivate the artist in each of us by inviting creative collaboration in the study, practice, and advancement of the studio arts. Studio Arts Boulder started in the mid-1950s when master potter Betty Woodman convinced the City of Boulder to house its recreational pottery program in historic Fire Station #2 on University Hill. It was the first city-supported pottery program in the country and was run by the Parks and Recreation Department for over 60 years. “When I started teaching there, there was one class, one evening a week, of seven people,” she said in a 1991 interview. “Fifteen years later there were 400 students taking classes.” It was so successful, in fact, that it became a national model for other cities.
Interview by Steve Miller