Monday, December 29, 2008

Welcome to our Studio!

It is nice to finally be set up and up and running in our new home.  Here is the studio we put together that I thought I would share what it is like.  Finally Dave and I have our own tables to work at (although I kind of hog them all!) in the same room - lol!  

This is where most of the mixing and conditioning of the claying is done.  Everything is right within reach -- just how I like it!

This is the baking and finishing area.

More of the finishing area and where all the beadwork is done.

These windows were specially designed for this room for a particular reason.  They provide the defused lighting needed for our photographs of our finished projects.  The corner quickly sets up as our own mini photograph studio.

Here is where we store and display our finished pieces.

This is my favorite furniture piece we bought from Ikea just for this room. It has a space under
the glass for storage and display.  I like to keep some of my clay tools, and pieces I'm working on so they are quick to see and easy to reach.  Because it is glass, I cannot operate the pasta machine on this so I use the first area shown (just a quick turn of my chair) but this gives me a lot of working space on large projects as I love to spread out!  Also, because it is glass, I can use my blades for cutting and it cleans up really well again afterwards.

We also use half of the area under the glass top to demonstrate the various stages in our cane making and other bead making techniques.  We have found that people appreciate the finished product much more when they actually see the process involved in the making of their jewelry piece.


Deb G, said...

Hi Guys,
Your studio is awe inspiring. The work you are doing is just wonderful. The thought that was put into the layout and even the placement of windows is really
a wow. I hope one day to venture up your way and would love to get a first hand look at everything.
I'm just so proud of your two. I expect to read about you in an upcoming Polymer Clay Cafe. I would buy multiple copies of that edition!
Deborah Groom

LindaG said...

Wow, what a fantastic setup! Your organizational skills are so beautifully evident Carolyn and together with all your lovely displays, this really is a top notch studio. I can see you spending many, many happy hours in here.
Is Dave still working on clay these days? I think of him every time I use my little hand-held reamer to drill through my lentil beads - that was such a great piece of advice he gave.
[Sorry my post is going to show from "Vancouver Polymer Clay Guild" instead of my name - I'm using my blog for the Horizons retreat and it seemed more appropriate to use the Guild name but it does that when I comment.]
Best regards,
Linda Gross