Libby Mills ran a series on her blog a few years ago called Studio Snapshot and she was kind enough to feature my workspace in one of her posts. I thought it would be fun to do a then and now post of my space.
A little neater. now, don’t you think? I have to confess that one of the reasons it’s so orderly is because I am not in the middle of any projects now, because I am recovering from hand surgery and because I have been cleaning. Our boiler and water heater entered into a mutual suicide pact last week which necessitated replacing them both with this new gizmo. Which necessitated drilling through the foundation. Which created lots of dust.
New Gizmo does not need to use the chimney as it is vented out the side of the house, and the workshop is so clean is because I have been steam cleaning the fine layer of dust off of everything.
This means I can move my kiln and my polymer oven to the back basement, install a ventilation system like this one that will blow out the chimney, and gain some space in the front basement. I do not plan to add anything else to the front basement because I like the idea of having more room to stretch, something I did not always have. But I will have to have some electrical work done in the back so I can run my kiln, oven, and ventilation system there. I haven’t done any lamp working for a few years but I have worked with bronze metal clay, porcelain clay, and have done some glass fusing.
I have donated all but my very favorite beads ( which leaves quite a lot of them) and have installed new lighting in the work space. And I have gotten rid of a TON of supples, paints, fabric, glues, found objects, old tools, metal and more to good homes.
I replaced all my old furniture with Ikea Helmer cabinets and Linmon table tops When I like about this is when you want to move supplies, you can simply switch drawers. Everything fits! And everything’s on wheels which makes it doubly convenient. You can move things around without a lot of fuss.
I still have my old watchmaking bench but I use it for display and to hold supplies
When your space is as small as mine, something has to go every time you bring something new in. I snagged this cabinet for $5.00 at a house sale. I am still deciding what to toss.
I don’t think I will ever have enough hammers though.