Looking for a great idea to break up usual routine? Jennifer, performing Arts coordinator and proud founder of the Sip n’ Sculpt movement is ready to welcome you and trigger your creativity !
When she began teaching private classes to toddlers and their parents, Jennifer quickly noticed parents having more fun, often times, than their kids. That gave her an idea: why not bring a fun, playful and relaxing creative outlet to adults hosted by neighborhood bars and restaurants?
And so, the grand experiment Sip ‘n Sculpt was launched in June, 2016! We have asked her a few questions about how everything got started!
When did you discover your passion for sculpting?
Way back in art school at the University of Cincinnati, I think I was the only drawing major with a senior show full of wire sculptures. I then rekindled my love for materials and installations in graduate school when I took my first real sculpting course. Since then, I’ve worked in clay, wood, steel, bronze, and mixed media just to keep things interesting.
“I think I was the only drawing major with a senior show full of wire sculptures. I then rekindled my love for materials and installations in graduate school when I took my first real sculpting course.”
Did you just keep it as a hobby? Was the appetite to spend more time sculpting growing in you?
For a while I just kept it as a hobby, but I’ve always very much enjoyed the process and challenges of building things.
What made you realize that you could develop a successful business around your passion?
After I had my son, I was inspired to teach baby and toddler art classes. Then I noticed the parents getting really into the projects, especially when I brought out the air-dry clays.
“I mean, adults were having more fun than their kids at times it seemed! That was the moment I realized that adults need more play, relaxation, and creativity in their busy lives.”
Was there one particular event that made you take the jump and just go for it like NOW?
Yes. I had been playing the idea through in my head for a while when I had the realization that time, and how we spend it, is so much more precious than any other resource. Clichés aside, nothing like a health scare for some perspective. So, I booked a meeting with a bar/restaurant manager to pitch an unrelated kids event. We were about to wrap up the meeting, and I kind of just blurted out: “how about Sip ‘n Sculpt for adults?” She liked the idea, and I was up and running. That first event, I sold 3 tickets within 5 minutes of posting it online!
“How about Sip ‘n Sculpt for adults?” She liked the idea, and I was up and running.
What was the greatest compliment/feedback/impression you ever got from a participant?
The greatest compliment I’ve gotten is having venues who continue to host our events. A special thank you to Jeff at Lantern Hall and his awesome staff for their continued support. Another great compliment is having repeat participants.. When adults finally let go and allow their minds to wander as they create, it becomes like daydreaming in physical form. That is why we lead free-form classes that are more process-oriented. I’ve had folks tell me that their creativity is recharged, and that they’ve come away feeling relaxed, having had a fantastic time. Lastly, I especially love the cranky guy who thinks his girlfriend or wife is dragging him to some art thing, and he ends up being the rogue sculptor who shows everybody up. Yes, I’m probably talking about my husband. But there have been other guys who show up looking mildly annoyed and leave pleasantly surprised.
“When adults finally let go and allow their minds to wander as they create, it becomes like daydreaming in physical form. They tell me that their creativity is recharged, and that they’ve come away feeling relaxed, having had a fantastic time.”
*True, funny story about the trials and tribulations of business ownership:
We have a very sweet and helpful building Super. One of my very first nights, I was walking to the parking lot of my building with packed boxes of our signature takeaway containers. Manuel said “here, I’ve got that.” Thinking he was going to help carry it to the car, I thanked him. Just then, he made a beeline for the garbage cans, and I was like “No! Not trash!” Fortunately, he stopped in time, all sculpting kits made it to the car, and we had a good laugh.