Meet the people who keep Fired Up Studios running.
Prior to starting Fired Up Studios, Beth worked in the telecommunications industry for 15 years. When she decided that she needed more balance in her life, she started taking pottery classes at Northern Clay Center. She soon became aware that many students were taking classes just to have a place to work, and that was when she got the idea for Fired Up Studios.
One interesting fact is that Beth is the only person at Fired Up Studios who is not a potter. She believes this is a major factor in the success of Fired Up Studios. It allows her to stay true to the mission "for our customers to have fun and leave in a better mood than when they arrived."
Patty works with our office monitors to keep the office running smoothly.
Patty Rau earned a B.A. in Studio Arts from Bethel University in 1996. A year later, she found Fired Up Studios while looking for a place to keep making pottery. When she was ready to leave the corporate world and spend more time with her pots, she started working in the office at Fired Up. She enjoys being able to work part-time in a creative environment that allows her the flexibility she needs to keep creating pottery.
Nick is an artist based out of South Minneapolis, MN. He grew up commuting between Saipan and Massachusetts and moved to Minnesota where he earned his degree in Studio Arts from St. Olaf College. In 2005, He graduated with Departmental Distinction and acceptance into St. Olaf's post-graduate Apprenticeship program. After "10 years in the wilderness" of on-again off-again studio practice, he began creating new work at Fired Up Studios and participating in local art shows.
Nick is Fired Up's studio tech and works to keep the studio space clean and running smoothly. He takes pride in his work here and appreciates being a part of an organization that is so supportive of his and members' creative pursuits.