This is my life – the studio beckons, I dive in and make something beautiful, and the ensuing productive mayhem trashes the place. I personally find that creating an inviting studio is itself an important part of my creative practice. It’s not enough to just have the right tools and supplies (and orders) and to tell myself to go make stuff. I need to enjoy the environment as well as the process. As a visual artist, the actual appearance of the place makes a real impression on my mood and ability to connect with the muse. Late summer is the perfect time for a studio reset, because that’s typically a slow time for artists, but a time to be planning for the holiday rush coming all too soon.
I’m breaking my “studio revamp” down into a number of steps, tentatively listed here:
- work zone layout
- storage and organization
By its very nature, a jewelry making studio has a lot of not necessarily attractive equipment – shears and rolling mills and kilns aren’t particularly beautiful, but they are certainly functional. As I clean and brainstorm improvements, I’ve been browsing the internet for inspiration. I find it no coincidence that esteemed jewelers create in beautiful surroundings (even though equipment and clutter may be part of the mix).
First a little inspiration, and then a distillation of the important factors (for me).
Those three images really capture my desires for my own personal studio space:
- a roomy, light, airy space, preferably with high ceilings and lots of windows with lovely views
- large work and display surfaces – notice none of these famed jewelers use a commercial bench?
- clean, hard surface flooring
Technically, I have most of those. My enclosed sunporch has plenty of light and windows, with garden views. I have lots of work surface, although it gets buried with equipment. My jewelry bench is the place that feels tight and cramped, so maybe I should address that. While I don’t have those beautiful wood floors, I do have hard tile surfaces, so no fire worries. The bones are there, but it’s time for me to really update the layout and organization, while doing some much needed deep cleaning.