When the downtown ceramic art studio, the Blue Beagle, shut its doors a few years back, it left a void for a full-service paint-your-own ceramic art workspace in the area.
That was until John Moser arrived in Rolla a little over a month ago.
The 45-year-old California native said he came to town to visit his brother Tom Moser. The two of them got to talking to the owner of the Speakeasy, a bar located at 600 N. Pine St., which was the former location of the Blue Beagle.
The brothers came to find out that a lot of the equipment and even the kilns from the old ceramic studio were all stored in the back of the bar.
"We were able to work out a deal with the owner and buy that equipment," said Moser.
John Moser's Rolla vacation ended abruptly. Instead, he and his family have been spending long days and nights getting this new ceramic art studio and gallery set up.
It is just a block up from the former Blue Beagle. The Mosers are calling their new business at 703 N. Pine St. the New Beagle. The shop will be run by John, his wife, Debbie, as well as Tom Moser and his wife, Becky.
Their doors will open to the public this Tuesday, Oct. 1. On Saturday, Oct. 5, there will be a grand opening celebration starting at 11 a.m.
"We are a paint-your-own ceramic studio, art gallery and gift shop," explained John Moser. "You can come in and pick out a mold you want to paint, paint it, and then we will fire it up in our kiln and have it ready for you to pick up a few days later."
Moser is no stranger to hands-on art. He ran a mobile art studio for about a year while living in the Los Angeles area.
"We did a lot a children's parties," he told the Daily News. "We would come out and have the plaster figurines which kids could paint."
He hopes to continue that tradition by having a party room which can be booked for birthday parties, private events or any other occasions.
So far, Moser said that the word on the street is that people are excited about this new artistic venture.
The New Beagle already has more than 350 likes on its Facebook page with little promotion. As well, three birthday parties have been penciled-in on the studio's calendar.
"People are excited. We are excited," said Moser. "We believe art is the first chance a child has to make a first decision and there is no wrong or bad art."