Natural light streams into George Rodriguez’ art studio on the third floor of a nondescript industrial building in Ballard. Rectangular white boxes filled with clay are stacked by a table near the back of the room. A more than six-foot-tall clown with a friendly face, purple hair and crimson shoes stands on the side of a staircase. Shelving along the walls holds works in progress.
It’s here that Rodriguez expresses himself, his slender fingers busy manipulating clay. Shaping, smoothing and breathing new life into a malleable mound of earth.