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On Site at the Armature

This is the space we chose to record our show in Central Oregon this week: it’s the Armature, the studio and event space managed by photographer Tambi Lane. We fell hard for its airy atmosphere and vintage details.

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The building dates back to 1937, she told us, and once housed materials for the wood products industry. It’s still a great location, but now, as part of the Old Iron Works, the Armature joins forces with about a half-dozen other entities in a collective of jewelers, fine artists, ceramicists, designers, and one world-class bakery. (Try the Ocean Roll!)

You find all kinds of people working and showing in this cluster.

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Eric Thompson is a friend of Lane’s who kindly offered to show his work on site during our taping.

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Thompson came over to Redmond from Salem about four months ago, fresh out of Western Oregon University. He told us, “I find Bend to be the optimum environment for making things. I feel more creative, more free. It’s a very supportive art community around here.”



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