We live in a 2400 square feet home with a full unfinished basement. So let's say that we live in about 3600 square feet. I know, it's kind of an obscene amount of space but it's paid for and we like it and it turns out that I need almost all of it! My CRAP (Creative Resources and Projects) take up at least half of the space.
This Friday on the REAL Studio Tour I hope that everyone will share photos of their studio spaces.....as they are. Neat or messy. Fancy or plain. My reality is that I have about 4 studio spaces so I've decided to split it up and show you a space each day through Friday. Today I'm starting with my newest space: the "Glass Shop".
The stairs to the basement are in the middle of the house and face the front wall. If you come downstairs and look left this is what you see: storage shelves on the right, water tank, cooler and box stash, an old wood stove that we've never used and a mess on the left that I call the Glass Shop. This white table is at the foot of the stairs and I use it only for fabric dyeing and we'll get to that tomorrow.
Doing glass in an unfinished basement is perfect because there's always a need to sweep up some glass bits and it's easy to do here. The table is against an unfinished wall. You can see the corner of the kiln through the wall studs.
So far glass is a hobby that requires only a few tools. I have just a few hand tools and a table top grinder. Maybe if I get good at it I will have a cutter or sander but not yet. My table is a simple old folding table.
To the left of the table is an old bookcase and a really old (my Grandmother's) rolling cart. I store clear glass sheets, frit, dichroic and other supplies here. When I'm working I can roll the cart closer to me.
I've only recently moved all of this over to this unfinished wall to be close to an outlet. I don't have it totally functional yet but I'll make changes as I find other cabinets or carts that will work better.
For now my glass sheets are stored in these boxes. Glass is heavy so I keep it on the floor. This is enough glass to last me for quite a while.
The one rule in glass-making is to keep good records of firings. I fill out a sheet each time I fire the kiln and track the firing program, what was fired and how it turned out.
In the "other room" behind the glass work table is the kiln. I had a special outlet installed just for the kiln. It's right next to the power service box so it wasn't too expensive to install. The kiln is pretty large and I found it for a real bargain on Craigslist.
When we first moved into our house the previous owner had covered every wall in the living room with book shelves. Our first task was to remove them. We brought some of the bookcases downstairs for storage and I salvaged some of the shelves to hang on the stud wall. They are perfect to hold my molds, shelf paper and glass that needs to be slumped.
As with quilting there are also scraps in glass! For now I'm keeping them in plastic shoe boxes sorted by size (small and large) and color (clear vs color).
Glass is a fun medium and I am slowly getting better at it. I'm really enjoying making the quilt block sun catchers and will keep at that for a while. I'm lucky that I had the space to be able to get into this new art form.
Tomorrow I'll give you a tour of the dye studio. Be prepared for a mess!