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Community Highlights: Meet Kelsea Clayton of KClayton Studio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelsea Clayton.

Hi Kelsea, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I have always been creative, I have tried and will continue to try all different types of mediums. During the pandemic, I turned to art like most people did to help with self-care and to calm my anxieties about teaching during a pandemic. As I continued to hone my skills as a watercolor artist, I decided I would like to start selling some of my work. Etsy was working, but I wanted to share my work around the city locally. However, either the rent to have a space was too high or the places were not in a good location. It seemed very hard as an artist to share your work without spending a lot of money out of pocket. That is when I brought this idea of a studio space where we can support local artist by selling their items in our retail store, but also bring in local artist that are passionate about sharing their craft with others. Being a teacher for the past ten years, I have always loved walking people through skills they think are too difficult or want to try but not sure where to start. KClayton Studio is a place for me to share my two passions teaching and creating. Here we are all about taking chances, making messes, and trying something new.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Our biggest struggle has been opening in a pandemic. I knew it would be tough, but it has helped us open slowly and really define what we want our space to be. We have been able to provide a healthy, safe space for people to come in and have a creative outlet. It has been fun, as the restrictions have been lifting, seeing groups of people get together who have not seen each other in over a year and just enjoying each other’s company. We had one group that came for a charcuterie class that ended up staying over 5 hours just visiting and enjoying one of another.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about KClayton Studio?
We provide a creative space for artists and creatives of all ages and abilities. We also support local artists by selling their products in our store and have them share their passion by teaching others their creative skills.

As a teacher, I specialize in teaching kid classes that allow students to try new mediums. I feel it is important that kids get opportunities to create without expectation. I give a lot of hints and tips to help them be successful but they also learn so much by experimenting and seeing what works well. Although it is nice to have a final product, allowing kids to make their own attempts make their final work so much more.

We offer many different types of classes hosted by local KC artists. We have hosted cookie decorating, charcuterie, cold process soap making, watercolor, planting. We also offer birthday party packages and help host private events. We have become a Girl Scout community partner.

How do you think about happiness?
Being creative has always been at the center of my happiness. It doesn’t always have to be crafting in particular. I grew up being a gymnast, dancer, cheerleader. During my college years, I loved decorating cupcakes. When I am teaching and feel like we need to lighten the mood, I will almost always pull out a creative art project to make with my class. Currently, watercolor painting has been my creative outlet. I am one to see a project and say, “I can do that” and figure it out.

Pricing:

  • $200 Basic Birthday Party Package
  • $100/ hour to rent our space

Contact Info:

  • Email: kclaytonstudio@gmail.com
  • Website: www.kclaytonstudios.com
  • Instagram: kclayton.studio
  • Facebook: kclaytonstudio

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