Cynthia Guild Stoetzer

When did you start your farm/studio/business?

I began my studio business about 12 years ago.

What motivated you to do so?

Love of the (clay) medium.

What keeps you motivated?

I just find the process of working in clay so satisfying. And, unlike a lot of potters, I really like the glazing stage as well as the forming stage. Also, I have several jobs, and the studio work provides the perfect counterbalance to my work with horses at Linn Canyon Ranch and my landscape gardening business. Working in the studio is less strenuous. It’s also quiet and inspires meditation. And, in the summer, it’s a great place to hide from the heat of the sun.

What, so far, do you feel you do best?

I think my ability to make complex forms such as teapots and butter crocks as well as the decoration on my work really sets it apart. I use a lot of wax resist decoration which is very similar to batik, and I often employ as many as six different glazes on a single piece.

What can folks look forward to at your booth this week and the coming weeks?

New teapots, in addition to a wide array of the basics in functional ceramics. In response to demand, I’m making a lot of sponge holders. Who knew those little things were so crazy popular?

Alpine Air Coffee

When did you start your farm/studio/business?

Dec. 1, 2018 is when we kicked things off. But it’s been a long-term dream of mine to start a business.

What motivated you to do so?

I’ve always wanted to be my own boss, and the right push at the right time gave me what I needed to jump back into the coffee world. Also, have you smelt inside a coffee roastery before? It’s what dreams are made of!

What keeps you motivated?

Coffee is a great motivator…and a desire to do what I can to help grow our community. I think coffee can be a great vehicle for that. Roasting is also a ton of fun — once you get the hang of it.

What, so far, do you feel you do best?

Best thing I’m good at is drinking coffee. My roasting ability has also improved greatly since I started, having roasted a few thousand pounds of green coffee so far.

What can folks look forward to at your booth this week and the coming weeks?

Delicious coffee and good times, all summer long!

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