“But every land should be a holy land. One should find the symbol in the landscape itself of the energies of life there. That’s what all early traditions do. They sanctify their own landscape.” -Joseph Campbell
I always like to peek into other artist’s studios. Don’t you? For the last year and a half, I have worked in a spare bedroom. It was adequate, but small. I also had my computer, printer, work tables and various other supplies in the same space. There wasn’t a lot of room to actually work. I also do yoga in that room which meant re-arranging everything every morning.
Over Christmas, we finally set-up our garage studio. In 30 years of marriage and many different houses, we have never used a garage to park our cars. My husband is an amazing woodworker and he’s always had a woodshop (i.e. our garage). Then I started with clay and he gave me – oh maybe, a quarter of the space to start – many years ago. I’ve gradually moved up to almost half of the space! YAY!
With this garage, we added insulation and a small heat pump for conditioned air (heat/cool). The lighting is better, the workspace is larger. I can paint and work with clay in this space. You can see in the pictures, clay tools and underglazes are shelved right along with my acrylics. After the garden is in, we plan on wiring the kiln. I still have my slab roller and hope to do some hand building soon.
Bob frames all of my 2-D work, so those big work tables and saws are a main part of the space. We also have a great sound system. I work without any music a lot of the time, but lately I have (re) fallen in love with Loreena McKennett. She’s such an inspiration.
I don’t know about you, but (for now) my studio is my holy land and I hope my Muse approves.
I wish everyone would post photos of their studio spaces.
“When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.” -Steven Pressfield