RWS Basics

10 Jul

RWS Handout – Google Drive.


Running With Scissors is a 16,0000 sf art studio facility including gallery, classroom, artist lounge, photo studio and 3000 sf Bayside Clay Center.  It is a dedicated work space for 50+ resident artists and access to shared workspace and equipment for 12-20 associate artists.

General Facilities include;

*Conrad etching press *light table *plate cutter

*Mac computer & printers *multiple sinks/wet facilities *wood shop

*lending library *classroom *24/7 access

*screen/wet room *artist kitchen/lounge *gallery *spray room *vapor room *Wi-Fi/utilities

*photo/video studio *reduced fees to studio workshops

Clay Center Facilities include;

*lg computerized electric kiln *computerized test kiln

*spray booth *raw material room

*slab roller *extruder

*wedging table *de-airing pugmill

*potter’s wheels *work tables & shelves

Resident Artists are dedicated artists who desire to work in a professional, inspiring and growing creative community. Studios for Resident Artists are private spaces with varying amenities, styles and sizes.  Resident artist will have access to all of the common area equipment such as wood shop, Mac computer and printer, sinks, kitchen and general work space as well as access to the the print, ceramic, classroom and photo studios at varying additional costs.  Rental rates are based on 12 month commitments and are determined by square footage ranging from $150-$1,200.  All utilities included.

Associate Artists have previous experience in ceramics, printmaking or other media and are looking for short term access, community or measured introduction to the offerings. Associate artists work in the areas specific to their medium and per case basis arrangement with RWS.  Applicants are encouraged to provide as much information about their time, project/work goals and past experience as possible as these are very limited membership levels.  Associate artists rates begin at $150/month.

*Both Resident Artists and Associate Artists have 24 hour studio availability, and ample access to parking. The monthly rent does not include materials, but some may be purchased through the studio for additional fees. A committee reviews all applications based on the following criteria: Applicant’s level of professionalism, artistic quality of work, and commitment to the studio community.

250 Anderson Street, Portland, ME 04101 207-831-5682

Kate Anker


Running With Scissors will have a NEW STUDIO address this summer . . . .

30 May

250 Anderson Street

Running With Scissors

will have a NEW STUDIO address

in Portland this SUMMER . . . .


This June, the artists currently members at 54 Cove street in East Bayside of Portland will move one block to 250 Anderson Street in Portland’s East Bayside.  July 1, will be the opener for new Members.  The move will over double the size and create a new clay center, large wood shop, class room, screen printing facilities, exhibition hall, print studio, open and closed studio spaces and most importantly a long term, dedicated space for creatives to grow, commune and do what they love – create art!

This blog will try to create a voice for this process, this community and the creative work and the individuals who create them.

The 16,000 square foot building was originally used as a warehouse for storing Nabisco cookies, then expanded and turned into an office center by AAA for its service bank and most recently used for offices and community services by Catholic Charities.  In February of 2013, we closed on a long term lease and secured the light industrial space for Running With Scissors.  We have been working to transform the offices and open spaces back to their more industrial roots and to update  the infrastructure to support the growth and needs of our artist community and to meet the city’s advanced code and zoning requirements.

Our vision includes a strengthening of our current work space model but also includes exciting additions and growth.  We are Extremely excited to announce the creation of The Bayside Clay Center at Running With Scissors.  It will consist of  over 2,000 square feet of shared and private clay studio work space.  With common wheels, pug mill, kiln room, ware and glare areas and storage, work tables, slab rollers, wedging table and more needs for clay artists, this community hopes to build on the local clay communities’ strengths.  RWS artists’ Meg K. Walsh and Christine Caswell will run the clay center.

Over 20 Full Member spaces will be available as of this July.  Associate Memberships and other rental and use options will also be available.  Watch for details and announcements.

And wish us luck as we travel down Anderson Street – a parade of paint, pastels, paper, photos, pendants and porcelain!

Hello world!

7 Jul



Running With Scissors has a BLOG!

If you are new to Running With Scissors or a lifelong SCISSORS HEAD, WELCOME to our newest form of communicating with our creative and supportive community.

We have so many exciting things happening now, but a little about our History can be found on the About Us page if you are trying to catch up.

We have been enjoying our home at 54 Cove street in East Bayside Portland for 4 years now.  We love our community and the growth we have seen here.  We have expanded from 15 to 34 artists in the past 18 months. We have seen incredible work, collaboration and artist connections burst from our very walls.

PLEASE FOLLOW and SUPPORT our progress on this Blog, our Facebook page, our website, and our soon to be launched Kickstarter campaign! Or do it the more Tangible Way and stop by and see us some time or call for a visit.

This is so exciting.  I hope you think so too!


Kate Anker

Running With Scissors – owner