Four artists living the dream!
Clay Squared to Infinity (Josh and Layl–pictured left) and Potek Glass (Malcom and Kara–pictured right) joined forces to purchase this scrappy property we call the Flux Arts Building. We completely refurbished the building in 2018 in partnership with John Kramer and Jennifer Young of the California Building Co.
Having worked in our disciplines for over 20 years, we designed the spaces at the Flux Art Building for established career artists. With an eye towards the type of amenities that full career artist seek–large interior spaces, garage doors inside and out, big windows, skylights, plenty of electricity, high ceilings, and a flexible common area–we made it into the wonderful building we have today.
Come visit our studios and see what we do with clay and glass. We make items for homes, create public art pieces and offer classes teaching some of the skills we have honed in our arts.
The Grand Opening
We had over 400 people attend our grand opening on February 15th and 16th 2019. It was an amazing show of support of the community. Thank you.
In February 2018 we closed on the foreclosed property at 695 Lowry Ave NE. We started the renovation by ripping off the roof, clearing out old carpet and sheetrock, and essentially peeling the building back down to the bones. The building was originally seven separate buildings that were merged into one half city block over almost a hundred years.
The first building records show in 1924 a gas station was constructed on the corner of Lowry and Howard. Then in 1925 the Grocery store with a living space above was built on the corner of Lowry and Monroe. The space mid-block was a small wooden structure called th “Hygienic Artificial Ice” company. At that time, ice was often harvested from nature. Making ice with refrigeration was called Artificial Ice. The buildings expanded, adding a larger garage northward on Howard. History gets fuzzy with what and why each addition was made.
We do know that former tenants of the property include a screen printing company, a macaroni maker, Stage-Brite entertainment and lighting systems, as well as a church. The upstairs apartment had its own reputation as a wild child. It was nicknamed Mary Jane at one point for the popular illicit drug distributed there. She’s come a long way!