My vision for the studio was shaped during a summer trip visiting family and a beautiful adventure to a small Austrian town when I was 16.
It was a cozy place nestled in the mountains, and our room was above the bakery - waking to the smell of freshly baked bread was the BEST. The shop owners all lived where their shops were, and everyone knew each other, no one was in a rush... everything just slowed down. As a visitor, I felt welcomed like a long lost friend.
I have a vivid memory of a mountain walking party our host invited us to- little walking involved, just long tables and benches set up along the trail, kegs of beer, music, food and lots of laughter. It was hard to leave such an amazing place.
When Steve and I started the studio, I wanted to recreate the same welcome and friendship I experienced in that little Austrian town. So we looked for a place that would allow us to -recreate this experience for you :)
Many years later, here we are in, Paris Ontario. Welcome !
As a small-batch studio, there are only a few molds to cast each piece. To offer the highest level in both aesthetics and durability, each piece has its own mix/recipe for casting. Molds are built with stainless steel and rubber to reduce waste/footprint.
My knowledge of concrete started in 2009 and since the first pour I've have been creating pieces to be used and enjoyed for your home.
I’m Kim Prokopowich, the artist behind Studio50. I work with the versatile medium of concrete, which I absolutely love and hand-cast purposeful pieces for you to enjoy and use in your home.
Concrete has many unique characteristics and I draw on their strengths in each of my designs. From thermal mass in the Rock Bottom Decanter, which holds cold and heat, to the weight in the kitchen pieces and vases that stay put while displaying your collection of beautiful cutting boards or a big sprawling branch.
My knowledge of concrete started in 2009 and since then I have spent my time researching, customizing mixes and developing my signature texture look that celebrates the raw beauty of “perfectly imperfect”. More recently I’ve been experimenting with incorporating a marble technique that captures the movement and flow of the mix into a mold. Each piece I cast offers you a tactile experience, inviting you to touch and interact with it.
As a small-batch studio, there are only a few molds to cast each piece. My molds are constructed in-house, using stainless steel, rubber or silicone, minimizing waste and environmental impact.
Studio50 is more than just a studio; it's the realization of my teenage dream. It started as a solo project, evolved into a collaboration with my husband, and has now come full circle, with just me and so many exciting ideas. As a maker, studio host, and lover of all things creative, I pour my heart and soul into this studio life.
I really believe that objects for our homes should be chosen with love, curiosity, and time. Your home should be a collection of your experiences, growth, and discoveries from your life.
This is the recipe to creating a home that feels like home.
Follow along with me on this creative journey as I continue to inspire with my passion, creativity, and love for all things beautiful, and of course concrete.
We acknowledge that Studio50 is on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabe, Haudenosaunee and Neutral peoples and are grateful that, for so many generations, they have cared for the land, on which we live and work.