Monday, February 16, 2015

Organize! Best Studio Designs

Your own studio space. It's your slice of heaven. Until you can't find anything.

What's best in studio design? The first consideration is storage. Glass panels and sheets are best stored in vertical shelving such as these:

Smaller pieces are easily organized in plastic bins such as the ones on top of these shelves.

(Please note that if you work in stained glass and/or mosaics and also warm or hot glass, you will need separate storage for each type of glass based on its COE, or coefficient of expansion.)

Tool storage and organization will help you keep your best tools at your finger tips. For every day glass cutting tools a storage system such as this is useful:


For grinders and wet saws, set up in an area where the mess created won't be a problem is an advantage. Also consider storage for accessories such as grinding heads, allen wrenches and the like will be very helpful. Here's an example:

Lighting is crucial. If you don't have natural light, consider a day light table lamp that clamps on to the table and is adjustable, such as this:
I like having two large work tables so that I can work on projects in different stages. I may use one table for kiln-washing molds and the other for sketching and mosaic work one week. The following week, I may use the table where I was prepping molds for assembling jewelry.

Where ever you choose to have a studio, avoid carpet of any kind. Glass gets into the fibers of carpet and will not come out. Vacuuming will not remove any glass that is trapped in the fibers. 

A studio is an artist's haven. An organized studio is your secret assistant!

May all of your scores run true.

--paula




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