Someone sent me a link to a mylife.com post that lists The 10 Best Cities to be an Artist. I found the results to include a number of surprises, including the number 6 rank of my city, Nashville and more surprising, Atlanta as Number 1 (I am OK with both of those,just surprised). I look at most of these types of rankings and their subjective, non-scientific selections a little cross-eyed, but they frequently reveal trends and changes in perception. The mylife.com post used the following 5 categories in their decision making metric:
- Cost of Living – The lower the better
- People 20-34 years of age – Not that older people aren’t artists,
- People working in the arts industry
- Number of museums and galleries in the city
- Households with income greater than $200,000
I would pose a similar question to the CAC forum. Based upon a similar metric to the mylife.com ranking, What are the top cities/communities for Clay Artists? (and within that Clay Artist heading, I would include functional craft people, clay sculptors, and fine art ceramists) OK, this is probably like asking a fox, what animal can best protect the chicken coop...but I would like to hear the conversation within the clay community itself.
Let's try this variation on the decision making metric:
- Cost of living - lower the better
- People working in ceramics (artists, technicians, and suppliers)
- Number of galleries and clay-friendly shows (craft and arts)
- Number of active, clay-related organizations (guilds, co-ops,public studios, etc.)
What say ye? What are the top cities/communities for clay artists?.. and describe briefly why you would include your choice?