Started by Wayne Whitesides in 2014, Work Ethic Studios was created as a way to sell the artwork he creates in his free time. This is far from a professional studio and is not meant to be. Wayne is partners at a successful Advertising Agency and is looking for an artistic release from the pressures of client demands and deadlines. What you see is what you get.
More about Wayne:
Originally from rural Iowa, growing up in a house filled head-to-toe with art from himself, his prodigy brother, and a very crafty mother. At least twice a week his mother's basement was filled with friends taking ceramics classes – a 15-year battle and effort by the Duncan Ceramic Master and her students to win every ribbon possible at the county fair. You can say that kilns, glazes, and clay was his childhood. Wayne attributes his love for pottery – and a very understanding art teacher – to him graduating high school and going to Art School.
Forward to four years ago, now the founder and partner of a successful Advertising Agency, Wayne was struggling with how to handle his wife’s diagnosis and subsequent treatment and surgeries from breast cancer – along with an internal battle with calling graphic design, “art”. Wayne purchased a wheel to get his head on straight; not realizing that as good as he was 20 years prior, he would be starting again with the very basics. Centering clay on the wheel wasn’t like riding a bike at all, and his daily exploding head made his wife seriously question his choice of medium to find his inner Zen.
Today, throwing on the wheel and doing some Raku firing experimentation is now part of his daily life. Wayne has no agenda and what moves him that day is the direction he goes. Far from calling himself a professional potter, he currently sells a limited selection of his art when the stars align, and the mood fits.