Greetings from Fireborn—
We hope this letter finds you in good health, surrounded by the comfort and support of your loved ones during these difficult times.
For many, ourselves included, there is much uncertainty and discomfort as we face new challenges each day—both as a business, and as members of a global community in crisis. At the same time, we are finding solace in the arrival of spring here in Pittsburgh, fulfillment in the free time to work on projects, and inspiration in the ways everyone is coming together to support one another.
Fortunately, Donna and I were able to do a great deal of traveling before the bans and quarantines were enacted. Earlier this year, I spent several weeks sailing with my brother in Mexico, while Donna participated in a historic bike ride commemorating the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. We then rendezvoused with our son Noah in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras together (and we escaped the virus!!)
Back at the studio, I’ve been using this downtime to recover from shoulder surgery while Donna has been riding her bike, working in the garden, and making pots in her new third floor studio. We hope you all have found time to pursue your own creative passions during this pause in the normal flow of work, social life, and travel.
We are uncertain when we will be able to reopen for business, but will keep you all up to speed as matters progress. In the meantime, if you have the means and would like to show your support for Fireborn, we have gift cards for sale here.
Gift cards are valid for gallery merchandise as well as classes, both of which you’ll be welcome to redeem once we resume operations. With Mother’s Day and many wedding anniversaries approaching, this could be an excellent way to give a thoughtful gift while also helping a local family business! We appreciate you all, and are grateful for the support you’ve shown us over the years.
Below is some information for students regarding how we are handling class matters at this time.
As everyone who enrolled in our March-April term knows by now, classes have been cancelled the past several weeks and the gallery has been closed to customers. If you were enrolled in the March-April term and did not receive the information we sent out regarding the cancellation, works in progress, and picking up finished work, please click here.
NOTE: We urge you to read it thoroughly so you are aware of the full situation and do not miss the opportunity to pick up your work from last term.
For those who already enrolled in the upcoming term: we’ve pushed the start date back two weeks from April 27 to May 11. We are hoping this will grant healthcare workers, policy-makers, and the public enough time to recover from the intensity of the current situation.
Once again, we thank you all for your past and continued support, and hope you make it through these difficult times with grace, comfort, and optimism.
Dan, Donna and Bennett