You know what Edmonton does well? Like, really well? Concrete. In addition to our expansive collection of brutalist architecture, we’re also home a highly talented assemblage of makers using concrete in far less conventional ways. Case in point: Ryspot. Ryan Spotowski, a third-generation concrete worker, comes about his craft honestly. Now becoming a veteran of the Bison, his work is gaining him attention nationally. Understandably so! Here’s what he has to say about his work:
“Ryspot Design makes home goods from various materials, including concrete, resin, and oddities. Built to inspire you.”
What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?
A candle holder that I designed for my wedding. I am still making them today, but in many more colours and shapes.
What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?
Work life balance. I’m very thankful to have a patient partner.
How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?
I have pictures of my dog and cat in my work space.
Describe your current creative process in 3 words.
Working till exhaustion
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If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?
Name? Draco (cat) and Shasta (dog)
Age? 12 and 5
Any distinct personality trait of theirs? They both shed a lot, so there’s probably a little bit of their fur in all of my pieces. But otherwise they both enjoy lots of tummy rubs.