Ryspot

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.”

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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.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?

Work life balance. I’m very thankful to have a patient partner.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

I have pictures of my dog and cat in my work space.

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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.

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