The ceramics studio in Western’s Art Annex is home to scattered pottery wheels, tools, dust and Gabe Virgen, a fourth-year Western student and artist. Virgen sits on a clay covered stool next to an assortment of handmade mugs to discuss his work and small business that spread into the Bellingham community.
The store, APSE, is owned and run by two Studio Art alumni - Hayley Boyd and Jarod Faw.
Image: Gabe Virgen sits in the studio and inspects mugs that didn’t make the final cut in a recent batch on Sept. 8. // Photo by MacKenzie Dexter