Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.This week's winner is Donna! Please send your postal address to the ABS Suggestion Box to receive your surprise bead from Cindy Gimbrone!
Welcome to my studio. As it is a small space the tour will be short. Please keep all arms and legs inside the ride. Petting studio animals may result in a licked face... Hang onto your hats.... here we go!
My studio (AKA the front porch) is cold in the winter and hot in the summer, having said that, I will say that I do a majority of work in the kitchen which has working plumbing (usually!), good lighting and it also has ac/heat! I fire up the old kiln, and I do mean old, once a month. I compile my list that is sorted by style and clay body and I add an extra one for each ordered as payment to the kiln gods/goddesses.
Once the pieces are made they are stored on cookie sheets and stacked to dry, sometimes in the oven. When all the bead making is done it is time to sort them into color pots. I like to use the old yogurt and butter containers!
Once they are checked off the orders and hopefully placed in the right color pile, I set off to glaze them. I've noticed that glazing the more challenging hand painted ones first is helpful. The pets and children come and go freely. Here is Lu Lu one of our four, four-legged friends! She can and will make herself comfortable whenever and wherever she likes (her name was Lady when we adopted her, we now know why!)
Finally after loading and 12 hours of firing (we have a shorter firing time if the elements are new) and then at least 18 hours of cooling time until we can crack the lid open...
Then after sorting them into orders we have a few left over...
Once the orders are invoiced (usually done to some loud and rockin' music as I need energy to get through this! This month it was The Clash, X and The Beastie Boys! ) and packed up (always done with a good movie on! Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix!) , I take them to the post office. Once this is all done I can play with jewelry design, my favorite part! I hope you enjoyed the tour! To see more of the studio in action please visit my blog.
So the question this week is where do you create? Dedicated studio space, kitchen table or somewhere in between? Leave a comment for a chance to win a Gaea pendant.