Hi! I live at the base of the coast range of the Willamette Valley, in a small town near a large organic farm. This town is a 6 mile bike ride from Corvallis, a lively university town. We are an 1.5 hours from Portland, 1 hour from Eugene and 1 hour from Salem and 45 minutes from the beautiful Oregon coast.
I am a ceramic artist, with the project of converting my existing studio into my "tiny home" and working outdoor deck studio, eventually moving into the space as both home and working art studio. I began this project to be able to live according to earth's cycles and seasons within a rural feeling neighborhood, so I care very much about my choices and care about environmental impact.
I live a simple life, enjoy learning about other people, cultures, languages, and have a passion for the outdoors, dancing, arts, eating healthy, organic, local, native, wild food.
I am learning how to build as I go, and would love to be moved into my newly converted home and studio by the end of the summer!
I am excited to learn about you, your culture and this workaway program, as I am newly introduced to it by a friend who hosts regularly and loves the experiences and friendships gained from it.
Help in the house
I have a small amount of building experience, so I am very much learning as I go, as a friend described, "you know your way around tools!"
So if you would like to learn along with me, or have skills in any of the following, that would be wonderful!
I would like building assistance:
- Lowering the loft 6" and making it longer
- building a non-weight bearing wall with a pocket door
- installing an earthen floor over subflooring
- insulating and drywall
- Finish work, paint and moving things around
- Building a kitchen on my outdoor deck
- Building a composting toilet and on-demand shower
- Plumbing the outdoor kitchen
As alternatives, I also have a yard and garden that would benefit from attention, and some house cleaning/organizing tasks.
May: lowering loft 6", building a wall with pocket door
June: floors, insulation, drywall
July: kitchen, toilet/shower
This stay would provide the feel for living in a small town, where you can walk to the library, post office, hardware store and organic sourdough bread baker within 10 minutes of my home. There is an organic farm stand 1.5 miles from my home.
In contrast, we are 6 miles from a university town, where talks, music, groups, performances, film festivals, art festivals, farmer's market and many other interesting things are happening daily. We are at the base of the coast mountain Mary's Peak, with many exploring, hiking trails/biking trails. King's Valley has a myriad of micro farms of all kinds of food production.
I am part of a web of crafts people here who are interested in bringing back art and craft appreciation, as well as small business as a livelihood.
English, very little Japanese, lesser Spanish
You would have your own room, with a futon bed, limited storage space, and shared bathroom. If you prefer to pitch a tent, there is a yard to do so. Organic, vegetable heavy kitchen, whole foods.
There is an extra bicycle available to you. Many things within walking distance. Bus stop 2 blocks away goes to Corvallis daily. Hiking, and a park within walking distance.
I usually spend my time working on my ceramic art business, my projects and adventuring with friends. I go on outdoor outings and would be happy to introduce you to our lovely coast.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week