J. Leko is the principal of J. Leko Furniture Maker, LLC, where he designs and builds specially commissioned custom furniture and woodwork. Leko studied at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and has had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s finest...read more
When artists collaborate, unexpected things happen: inspired pieces of artwork get produced, new conversations open up, and surprising new connections are formed. This type of collaboration is important behind the scenes as well. We’ve found that artists are far more...read more
With the official start of hurricane season on June 1, you might be surprised to learn that half of the population in the U.S. resides in states that are most threatened by hurricanes. If you live in an area of high risk there are steps you can take to get ready and...read more
In the aftermath of a disaster, an enormous amount of private and public funds are pumped into the affected areas. This flood of money, in addition to an increase in volunteers and first responders, can create a chaotic and confusing situation on the ground....read more
Unanticipated expenses and events are often part of being an independent artist.
Do you have cash or the equivalent on hand to handle a sudden and unforeseen $400 expense?
If a serious emergency occurred, would you have access to funds (via savings, the sale of assets, or borrowing capacity) if you were unable to generate income from your art for three months?
If you answered no to either questions above, you might want to consider developing a Financial First Aid Kit.
"Document your studio work habits, it takes just a minute or two per day, and becomes second nature." -Sam Hitchman Ceramic artist Sam Hitchman’s Cincinnati, OH, studio sustained significant water damage when a neighbor’s water line burst last year....read more
When it comes to your studio, a little uninvited water can wreak a lot of havoc. While recent extreme weather and approaching spring floods have put water on our minds, nature isn’t the only source of damage-- a broken pipe, a damaged roof, or water from extinguishing...read more
Here’s a New Year’s resolution that can lead to a healthier and safer year for you and others in your studio. Resolve to take a little time this to review how you manage hazardous materials in your studio. This resolution could save your life! Fumes + Ventilation Many...read more
As freezing temperatures return to many parts of our country, it’s time to protect your art and studio from these and other hazards:Frozen water pipes, that burst and flood your studioHeavy snow loads or ice-laden trees causing damage to your roof or other...read more
Being fire safety ready in the studio is a year-round task, but it’s something that can require extra attention during the heating season. Here are some tips to help keep you and your studio safe from fire. Find more fire prevention and studio safety tips in CERF+’s Studio Protector.read more