Sunday, April 4, 2010
Last night we had the pleasure of seeing a swallow-tailed kite flying over our house. I was unfamiliar with this medium sized bird of prey which is endangered in North Carolina, but more common in Florida and South America. They feed on insects they catch in flight and lizards and small rodents they snatch from tree tops as they fly by. I didn't have my camera at the time, so I borrowed the photo from the website of Avian Conservation Center to show you what this bird looks like. If you see a swallow-tailed kite you can add your siting to their website.
Temporarily I have all my ceramic supplies piled up in the utility room and my kiln is in the garage. I think I'll keep the kiln in the garage. The room I plan to use as my studio is inside our home so I'll be lucky to have heat and air conditioning. The room is about 12 x 12 and has a 5 foot south facing window. We'll be pulling out the mauve carpet and floral curtains this week. Then we plan on laying vinyl on the concrete floor. Laminate is easier to stand on, but I'm not sure how that would hold up since I'll need to mop the floor to remove the clay dust.
There are two closet doors on the other side of the room, but the closet goes all the way through and is about eight feet in length. There's also a six foot closet in the hall adjacent where I have all my greenware stacked right now. The washer and dryer are in the garage so I can also use the utility room around the corner too. I might put my slab roller in that room and a sink to catch all the clay particles. I'll have to measure to see if the room is large enough for both.
Meanwhile I'm trying to decide what color to paint the room which is currently a drab off-white. In keeping with Florida type colors, I'm wondering if I should paint it a cool aqua or a warm coral. Do I want to be relaxed or energized. Perhaps I want to be both. What do you think? What color is your studio painted? I'll keep you posted as things progress with my studio plans. Comments and suggestions are welcome.