News from the Creative Enterprise Zone
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In This Issue:
  • Artist Profile: Kevin Caufield
  • Pop-up Mixers Around the Zone 
  • Block Friday and Small Business Saturday
  • Learn, Share, Grow in the CEZ
  • Creative Care: Art + Healing
  • Entrepreneur's Holiday Showcase
  • On Display at Raymond Avenue Gallery
  • Help us Make Our Match

It’s a Potter’s Life for Kevin Caufield

By Kyle Mianulli

In 1977, ceramic artist Kevin Caufield was a lawsuit away from following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a New York City Firefighter. Thirty-six years later, he sits in his spacious new studio at the Dow Building, 2242 University Avenue West—the new home of Caufield Clay. Lager in hand, he looks back on his life behind the pottery wheel with a calm satisfaction, while looking eagerly ahead to his latest chapter in the Creative Enterprise Zone where he lives and works.
As a young man living with his family in Long Island, New York, Caufield happened to take his New York City Fire Department exam the same year women were first allowed to apply. The FDNY perniciously changed the physical portion of the test, preventing even one woman from passing. This spurred a five-year long sexual discrimination lawsuit against the FDNY. 
Along with every other applicant that year, Caufield’s test results and his future as a firefighter were snagged in a period of uncertainty. Rather than wait for the drama to unfold, Caufield packed up his car and headed to the heartland to pursue his other passion—pottery. He took an apprenticeship in Bayfield, WI, and began his life as a full time potter.
“It’s not a job, it’s not a career, it’s a way of living,” Caufield says of life as a working artist.
As a young potter, he quickly made a name for himself in the thriving ceramics scene of the Midwest. In the 1990s he embedded himself in the creative enclave of the Rossmor building in Downtown St. Paul, where he held studio space for ten years. 
“Those were the cowboy years of the Rossmor,” Caufield says, referring to the fact that artists often lived in their studio space illegally, flourishing in a bohemian counter-culture which gave rise to many successful creative careers.
Caufield’s work has taken him all over the world. It has been shown in London, St. Barts, and beyond. A founding member of the well-regarded Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis where he continues to teach, he also travels to the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico to put on a workshop series once a year.
Well known for his lively demonstrations, Caufield has been featured on several local television programs, showcasing a characteristic charisma that undoubtedly lends to his success at another of his annual endeavors.
During the late summer and early fall you can find Caufield donning tights and a doublet at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival where he has manned his own shop for over 30 years. For eight weeks Caufield is immersed in a grueling, festive performance, where he also sells a ton of art.
“It’s insanity,” he says. “You’re surrounded by actors and patrons who are all playing this elaborate game…when the canon goes off at 9 a.m. the show begins, and you’re on for the next ten hours.”

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 Pop-up Mixers: Bringing People, Ideas Together

Friday, Saturday
November 29 & 30
Raymond Ave Area

Pop-up mixers are starting to spring up around the Creative Enterprise Zone. People are coming together and talking about their collective vision for this area. Lots of smart and intriguing feedback and ideas are pouring in and we are compiling them all on our website. Some of the highlights thus far include things like a community tree house, alley beautification, dollhouse renovations and twig furniture. See how these and other ideas fit together in the broader context of the Creative Enterprise Zone.

Host your own mixer!

Let us know you are interested and we’ll give you a mixer certificate, which you can bring to either Bang Brewing or the Dubliner Pub to receive a free Growler or pitcher of beer. On the certificate are five questions to juice-up your party. Use it as an opportunity to discover who else lives, works and plays in the Creative Enterprise Zone.

In return, we ask you to take a few notes to document your conversation, snap a photo of your group in action, and tell us who participated. We’ll post your submission on our website to highlight the creative people in our neighborhood and spark further discussion and action. Email to set up your mixer today!

Participate in an upcoming mixer!

Do you have an interest in healing arts? The Creative Enterprise Zone is full of people and businesses utilizing art in a healing way. One such business is interested in hosting a mixer around that theme. If that sounds like something you would be interested in email John Kozak at

Shop Local for Block Friday and Small Business Saturday in the Zone

Friday and Saturday
November 29 & 30 

Forget about the long lines and rabid shoppers this weekend. There’s a better alternative to the annual holiday shopping frenzy right here in the Creative Enterprise Zone. Head to the Raymond Avenue area for Block Friday and Small Business Saturday this weekend, November 29 and 30. At the heart of the Creative Enterprise Zone, local shops along Raymond are banning together with special offers and promotions all up and down the block. Check individual businesses’ Twitter Feeds and Facebook Pages for details and deals. 

Participating Businesses: Sharrett's Liquors, Audacious Alchemy, Raymond Avenue Gallery, Key's Cafe, Swfit Music, Driftwood Community Arts, Homegrown Lacrosse, Succotash, Noll Hardware, Foxy Falafel, Chanson Voice and Music Academy, Bargain Upholstery, Shag Studio, J Ring Art Glass, Salon George, Hampden Park Co-op, Sarah Borwn Hair Studio, Urban Growler, Bang Brewery

Learn, Share, Grow in the Creative Enterprise Zone

Have you ever taken a class in the Zone? Let us know where and what you learned. There is a remarkable concentration of creative classes and learning opportunities all around you.

Did you know there are three music schools on Raymond Avenue alone? Driftwood Community Arts has a regular rotation of classes, and so does Chaos Art Gallery. If film is your forte, you might be interested in classes at the Independent Film Project. Maybe your looking for a way to stay in shape during the hibernation months. Audacious Alchemy offers Yoga classes and you can get a head-ringing workout with Fawn Friday’s Kettlebell training. The opportunities to learn in the Creative Enterprise Zone seems endless, but we want to compile them all.
We are putting together a resource listing classes and learning opportunities in the Zone and need your help to do it. If you have ever taken a class or offer classes of your own in the zone, please let us know and we will add them to our quickly growing list. Email suggestions to

Creative Care:  Art + Healing in the Twin Cities

Art heals.

Whether it’s a creative chance to focus away from pain or to communicate suffering that has no words, art offers healing to both artists and audiences. And the Twin Cities—with a reputation for both quality health care and innovative arts—have more art-as-healing projects than anywhere in the country.
Hennepin County’s Multicultural Arts Committee and Forecast Public Art, a nonprofit public art consulting agency in the Creative Enterprise Zone, have produced Creative Care: Art + Healing in the Twin Cities, a first-of-its-kind exhibition.
In conjunction with the exhibit, Forecast published the Creative Care Directory of Twin Cities Art Healing Organizations and is producing a variety of events.

Entrepreneur's Holiday Showcase

Presented by US Bank
Thursday, December 5, 2013
4 p.m.-7 p.m.
WomenVenture, 2324 University Ave. Suite 120
Admission is FREE!

Join WomenVenture for some holiday cheer and celebrate the successes of WomenVenture entrepreneurs with a unique shopping experience featuring dozens of vendors offering gift items, home furnishings, clothing, accessories and more.

We’re Oh So Close!

Help us meet our match by donating now!

We continue to be inspired by the support and generosity pouring from this community. Thank you to all who donated on Give to the Max Day this year. Despite some technical snafus with the GiveMN site that kept them offline for the better part of the day, we were able to come within $200 of making our match from the Knight foundation to preserve and foster the creative nature of this neighborhood.

Our gratitude is never ending for those who donate their time, energy, and resources everyday to support our work ensuring this area remains a friendly and desirable destination for creative entrepreneurs of all stripes. Just because Give to the Max Day is passed, doesn't mean your giving has to end. We can still qualify for our match by raising just $115 dollars more. Help us get there today! Donate at our GiveMN page.

On Display at Raymond Avenue Gallery: Give & Take

New Work by Warren MacKenzie and Joseph G. Brown.

Now through December 20th
Monday through Friday, 10 – 4 PM
Saturday from noon to 4 PM
761 Raymond Avenue

As the title of this exhibition infers, the creative exchange that takes place between these artists informs their work. The result is artwork that is both strong, sensitive, conceptual and intuitive and rugged and refined. Please do yourself a favor and come to the opening night reception at the Raymond Avenue Gallery and take this opportunity to speak to these exceptional colleagues.
~ Kraig Thayer Rasmussen, Curator

We're Moving on Facebook

We have launched a new Facebook group page for the Creative Enterprise Zone and need your help recruiting members. If you haven't joined yet, now is a great time to do it. While you’re at it, invite five of your neighbors to join, too. It will now be much easier for you to connect directly with others in the Zone.

In addition to getting information out about the extraordinary people, projects and activities going on in the Creative Enterprise Zone, we hope this page will serve as a point of connection and collaboration. This is a group for and of creative entrepreneurs. Use it however will be most beneficial to you and the creative community around you.
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