Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I'm In The Studio
Finally I got Gary to take some photos of me; here's a glimpse of me when I'm in the studio working. I'm so lucky to have an indoor studio space where I live now; it's nice to be warm or cool depending upon the season. I put my tile portraits on wallboard and prop them up on a plastic container which makes it easier for me to work on the details. For hand built pieces I have a low turntable I use. On my left I've got my block of clay, brushes, containers of colored slip I've mixed, some commercial underglazes, and petri size glass dishes I blend small batches of colored slip in. On my right I've got a container full of tools, sponges, rulers, and a tub of water.
Everything is within an arm's length for convenience and to minimize getting up and down. I keep a towel on the arm of my chair to wipe my hands and my wet slip brushes. There is a light with a fan above me and a table lamp too. See my black plastic rolling pin; I love it. I got it when we were traveling in our RV. I like this plastic one better than a wood one because the clay doesn't get embedded in the pin and I can wipe it clean after each use.
From my point of view this what I see while I'm sitting at my work table. I'm lucky enough to have a large window to gaze out while I'm working. I see birds, squirrels, hawks, tortoise, rain and wind hitting the window, and big puffy clouds floating by. It's really wonderful to just sit there sometimes, being mesmerized by the beauty of nature surrounding me.
This is a bird's eye view of my work area. I roll my clay out on that hardboard, or high-density fiberboard you see in the center of the table. I wipe it clean after each use. The clay doesn't seem to stick to it much. After I roll out the clay I put on my 3x reading glasses to help me see details better. On the right is the black plastic tub of water I use for cleaning my brushes. Later I'll carry it outside to pour into a special place. Sometimes one of my cats will lie in that open space on the window sill sunning themselves and keeping me company. Today I put an old blue bath towel there to make it more comfortable for them.
If it wasn't for Gary, this is all you'd see, me taking my photo in front of the bathroom mirror. There's my photo cube suspended over the bathtub, a convenient place to store it till guests come to visit. Working in clay really does take over every available space, both in my home and in my mind. You should see the closets, never mind the nooks and crannies of my brain. Ha. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.