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Below is Part 2 of the ARCADE winter 2015 feature "The Creative Space-Time Continuum: Histories and Futures Inside the Rainier Oven Building." We previously posted Erin Langner's essay on the studios. Today we share more of Peter de Lory's photo-essay of the Rainier Oven, with words from the studio tenants; more photos and quotes will release over the following weeks. Subscribe to our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive notice of posts. —ARCADE

Green Dolphin

Green Dolphin Enterprises LLC, a Rainier Oven tenant. Photo: Peter de Lory

From "The Creative Space-Time Continuum (Part 1)," by Erin Langner:

"During a time when creative communities are often in constant states of relocation, the existence of consistent, supportive places for such practices feels like a luxury. But the importance of these elements to the Rainier Oven Building’s success cannot be overstated. Twenty years of history and relationships have enabled the studios to expand around the people who work within them as the tenants’ own careers do the same. The Rainier Oven Building is a testament to the idea that time’s discrete but pivotal role in creative practices should be considered when we look for ways to build and maintain hubs of space, place and culture—that planning for and protecting the longevity of creative spaces is important.
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Green Dolphin Enterprises LLC

Green Dolphin

Photo: Peter de Lory

Green Dolphin Enterprises LLC
Rainier Oven is everything my previous workspaces weren’t: a community of people, a well-maintained facility, hands on management. I have been able to do my best work here.
—Thomas Whitaker


Lesley Petty Interiors Workroom

Lesley Petty

Lesley Petty

Photos: Peter de Lory

Lesley Petty Interiors Workroom
I have always said that if a client comes to see us here at the shop in the Rainier Oven Building, they will return again and again. Who wouldn’t want to come here? Beautiful art, a myriad of creative people and a fabulous space all in one package!
—Lesley Petty


Josef Vascovitz, Artist

Josef Vascovitz

Josef Vascovitz

Photos: Peter de Lory

Josef Vascovitz, Artist
With high ceilings and a specially designed loft area, my studio is large enough to facilitate my diverse art practice from painting to sculpture to working with found objects. I use the loft area to crochet small sculptures; right now I’m working on recreating toys from my childhood memories. The main area is set up for large-scale paintings, which often take several months. The great thing about a large studio is that because you can store so much, when you have an idea you can mine the things around you.
—Josef Vascovitz


Jeffry Mitchell, Artist

Jeffry Mitchell

Photos: Peter de Lory

Jeffry Mitchell, Artist
I love my studio and love working here with all the other creatives, who are great folk. Carol has a beautiful vision and creates really wonderful, smart, quality spaces.
—Jeffry Mitchell


Jennie Gruss Interior Design

Jennie Gruss

Jennie Gruss

Jennie Gruss

Photos: Peter de Lory

Jennie Gruss Interior Design
The spaces that we design are inspired by much more than just beautiful things. Our work is inspired by our clients, our environment and our community. This idea extends organically to where we work—a diverse community of creatives who share resources, projects and drinks. I think of the ROB [Rainier Oven Building] as a one-stop shop for the best designer resources in the city, with great interior design, architecture, industrial design, visual art, a wood shop and a pillow/window treatment workroom all under one, or a few, roof(s).
—Jennie Gruss


Best Practice Architecture

Best Practice Architecture

Best Practice Architecture

Best Practice Architecture

Photos: Peter de Lory

Best Practice Architecture
The work of Best Practice is most successful when we are able to pursue a conceptual approach to the given project’s "problem," and we also love to be inspired by our peers and neighbors. This is why we are thrilled to be working in the Rainier Oven Building. As a group of social designers, we often spend time chatting with our neighbors, which then leads to collaboration. Because of this, we have the opportunity to exchange ideas with artists, designers and craftspeople who can inspire us to go in directions we never would consider on our own, and they often help us solve tough design problems.
—Ian Butcher


"The Creative Space-Time Continuum: Photo-Essay (Part 3)" will release on 9 February. Part 3 will include these Rainier Oven Building tenants: Elizabeth Sandvig-Spafford, LilyEmme Jewelry, Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence, Upower, and Schedulista.