Thought it might be time for a little studio tour for those who haven’t seen it! This is where Mother and I spend a large chunk of our time, both working and playing.
If I were a techie instead of a glassie, I’d have a really cool 3-D video tour to show you, but I’m afraid you’ll have to settle for still photos instead. 😀 Our studio is in one enclosed stall of my 3-car garage. Its not fancy, but it sure suits our needs.
We’ll start where most of the magic happens….our bench! When I decided to build the studio, we drew out the size and shape of our bench, including a return on each side for extra tools, mandrel buckets, etc., and had a friend build it to our specifications. We have another friend in the heat and air business, and he cut, bent and installed the metal top for us. Our ventilation system was also built to specs for us by Glasscraft, and it does a great job venting the studio. Mother and I both work on GTT Crickets and oxygen concentrators from Unlimited Oxygen, and we share a kiln in the center of the bench for all of our soft glass.
To the right of my end of the bench, we’ve got this great storage cabinet. The drawers hold all kinds of stuff from frits, shards and murrini to all of our books and tutorials in that ginormous bottom drawer. The other cabinet stores our extra torches, hoses, regulators and manifold that we use when we host classes for our ISGB chapter. The chilipepper kiln on top is my boro kiln.
Mother and I LOVE it when we have playmates come to visit, so directly behind our bench, we keep two spare torches hooked up at all times. (Also GTT Crickets) This is also the area where we keep our bead presses, extra handtools, and most of our soft glass frits. You can also see the little chop saw we use to cut tubing for coring beads.
This is our 104 COE glass rack. CIM, Reichenbach, Kugler and Vetrofond oddlots on the top shelf, silver glass and Effetre opaques on the second, and Effetre transparents on the third. The bottom shelf is just overflow of common colors that we order in bulk. The turntables on top of the shelving unit contains enamels, and yes….you know its coming….more frits. 😀
To the right of the 104 rack is another storage unit where we keep our maintenance tools and other sundries. A small spare kiln and a couple of extra concentrators are on hand in case of breakdowns, and the dart board is a fun way to blow off some steam when the glass just isn’t flowing the way we think it should. 😀
The second glass rack contains all of our other COEs. Bullseye is on top, all 96 COE brands in the middle, and boro color below that. On top of the rack, our business license is displayed, along with extra bubble wrap and packing supplies.
I loved the workbench I have in my metal room so much, I got us another one for the glass studio! It gives us a nice place to sit and have a cup of coffee in the wintertime (in the summer we’re out on the deck that’s attached to the exterior door to the left of this shot). It also serves as a great place to unpack and label our glass orders when they come in, and the drawers add some extra storage for odds and ends. I also keep my rolling mill in this area on a nice little table that’s bolted to the wall for stability. On the shelves below, all of my metal etching materials are stored, along with texture plates for the rolling mill. Above that area is what we jokingly call our “Wall of Flame”. Everyone who comes to our studio to teach or play has to sign the wall. 😀 This wall is my very favorite part of the studio. Every single signature up there brings up its own set of VERY happy memories, and Mother and I feel so blessed to have so many creative and talented people in our lives and we’re proud to call each and every one of them friends.
I’d love to see pictures of your studio space. Care to share??