Admission to Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio is a suggested $2 Donation.
- Open: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm (Mondays and evenings call ahead)
- Location: (Map It) 110 South 6th Street in Zanesville, Ohio
- Phone: 740-453-9822
- Web: http://www.alancottrill.com/
Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio
ALTHOUGH LIFE SHAPED BY CLAY COTTRILL NOT CLAY’N AROUND
He was 38-years-old when he first sunk his hands into the clay that reshaped his life.
Alan Cottrill grew up a poor farm boy in Zanesville, Ohio. It was a hard life and it hardened him. He left town a young man to take on the world spending time as a truck driver, serving in the Army, going to college and as founder of a pizza franchise achieving recognition as an international entrepreneur. While traveling abroad on U.S. government trade missions, he visited art museums. Then, one fateful day in 1990 he touched clay for the first time in his life and declared, “This is the mistress I’ve traveled the world in search of.”
Almost overnight, Alan Cottrill molded a new life out of clay. He poured everything he had into this obsession and moved to New York City without his wife and children for a time to study sculpture and even anatomy.
“Growing up, I don’t remember even hearing the word “sculpture” and the only “art” I knew was a guy named Arthur,” said Alan Cottrill to a tour bus of people stopping to explore the Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio & Gallery in Zanesville, Ohio.
Cottrill may not have been exposed to the world of art growing up in Zanesville but Zanesville was certainly a central place in the art world – specifically that of pottery. The area is renowned for its significant deposits of clay and was once arguably the pottery capital.
Cottrill’s 17,000 square-foot two-story building in downtown Zanesville is an artist’s paradise. The first floor has several artists at work in various stations busy molding clay or wax, firing up the kiln, and hoisting large pieces to touch up.
The energy in the room is extreme. Cottrill may be humble and happy but he is intense and passionate! A simple conversation is packed with emotion and his thoughts are verbalized in a fashion revealing his great intellect. The complexity of the man is topped off with a refreshing sense of humor that doesn’t fear backlash. Yet, he is very respectful, thoughtful and understanding. For someone that exudes energy, he will take all the time needed to engage in a conversation or to answer any question to an onlooker’s satisfaction. Look around the room and you see the results of the intensity and complexity in vivid detail etched into every piece.
The first floor of his studio and gallery is littered with works in progress, some finished, featuring soldiers, animals, religious figures, nudes, natives of the land and more. Some pieces are so large working with them enters an element of danger. Cottrill tells his morning tour group a tale of an artist killed by a falling piece and recollects a time when a tumbling piece nearly crushed him. Visitors are invited to roam the place and openly converse with the artists within.
Upstairs is Cottrill’s gallery rivaling or exceeding many small art museums. It showcases his entire body of work in a very spacious open floor setting with an abundance of natural light pouring in to highlight pieces atop white pedestals in a way that accents each piece with incredible visuals.
To completely appreciate the process involved in Cottrill’s works, visitors should make a side trek to the nearby Coopermill Bronzeworks, a bronze foundry, to see what takes place between Cottrill’s first floor studio/workshop and his second floor gallery.
There are many factors to consider when affixing a value or price to an original bronze sculpture produced by Cottrill. Size and composition are usually dominant factors. Delivery, installation and deadline are some of the other many factors that are considered. A large piece usually requires Cottrill to create a reduced scale maquette. Then the client can see the piece and approve it before the full-scale work is initiated. A model is not usually produced for smaller pieces and life size busts. Depending on the work, Cottrill’s commission may range from $2,000 – $40,000+. Some projects have exceeded $200,000.
Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio & Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m (Other times may be obtained by appointment). It is located at 110 S. Sixth St. in Zanesville, OH 43701. For more information, call 740-453-9822 or see www.alancottrill.com.