Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tour de Studio
Today, I'm opening the virtual doors to my creative workspace. When people hear "studio" what may come to mind are lovely lofts with historical stone walls and arched windows overlooking the bay, converted mills with picturesque sunbeam strewn floors nestled in the country, or contemporary vaulted ceilings with windows open to the busy city below. My studio is nothing like these, not nearly as glamorous, but does shows that you can have a space to create no matter where you live.
To me, an art studio is simply a place designated for creating. For me, the garage translated perfectly to fit all my enameling needs; away from food & water, good ventilation, good lighting, a power source, and plenty of counter space.
No, it’s not the most glamorous setup, and the good work days fluctuate with the weather; another reason I embrace warm weather. With no heat in the garage, even a 1500°F kiln doesn’t do the trick. It’s been a difficult winter, but I made the most of days above 40°F. Thankfully it's been in the 50's-60's. I've been spoiled, able to work when I please! Spring and summer are a welcome change.
In the picture you can see the counter top strewn with newspapers, the kiln with trivets resting on its top, and stacks of powdered glass. There are paintbrushes, adhesives, filing, and cleaning tools everywhere. It's an organized mess, perfect for getting those creative juices flowing!