An entire art studio created with Community Forklift finds — including a kiln!

Artist Kasse Andrews-Weller is no stranger to Community Forklift. Not only is her work on display in our pop-up Lifting US veteran art show, but also most of the items she used to create her art studio were found right here in the warehouse. She also uses Community Forklift materials in her work!

Her studio is a wonderland of reuse possibilities. Vintage cabinets, railing, windows, doors, and an awesome farmhouse sink furnish a beautiful and functional space for creating art.


Possibly the most unique Community Forklift item in her studio is a kiln that Kasse found at the 2016 Garden Party. “Each bent pyrometric cone on top of the kiln represents a separate firing of a kiln filled with my art works,” Kasse said. “Absolutely no maintenance in over 4 years.” The kiln was the start of her studio and it still has the Community Forklift SOLD sticker on it!

Kasse’s work is currently on display and for sale in Lifting US, the pop-up veteran art show organized in collaboration between Community Forklift and the arts nonprofit Uniting US. An Air Force veteran and founding member of Uniting US, Kasse creates wonderful, meaningful, symbolic ceramic masterpieces, and considers art a reflection of her life’s story.

“Doing art is my passion,” Kasse said. “Art provides serenity. Having the opportunity to exhibit my artwork validates my effort and visually displays my emotions and thoughts.”


You can see Kasse’s work and the work of other veteran artists at Community Forklift in the Lifting US veteran art show through January 4. The warehouse is open Monday through Sunday, 12 to 5 pm. Please wear a face mask and keep a six-foot distance from other people when visiting. You can also view the show online in the Community Forklift Marketplace!

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.