Earlier this summer I got to spend some time in Arlene Groch’s spanking new studio. For years , the room had been a makeshift storage closet for Arlene and her husband but now it’s the studio she always wanted.
I have to admit, there was something refreshingly different about Arlene’s first studio. She was a practicing lawyer and when she decided to quit, she turned her conference room into a clay area; the conference table was just right. But when another tenant wanted the space, she decided to move on. She took over a room in her house but it was never quite what she wanted. Something had to be done.
There is a room near the front door of Arlene’s house and for years she and her husband used it as a makeshift storage locker. Arlene knew it could be put to better use. They cleared it out and now Arlene has the studio of her dreams. Two windows give plenty of light on sunny days; one is a bay window complete with window box. The studio has running water, work tables to accommodate five people and plenty of storage.
Now students can come to Arlene’s front door and right into her studio.
Arlene keeps her oven in the laundry room it behind the door on the left and happily reports that she’s finally caught up with the laundry.
Arlene has filled her studio with her work and little mementos are everywhere. Her studio is a happy place.
A work space like Arlene’s is conducive to creativity. Next week, we’ll take a peek at what she’s been making in there.