For the last 2 yrs or so, the studio has been in a state of absolute chaos. It has been part construction zone and part dumping ground for all sorts of non-clay related stuff… well, yes,, there was some clay in there somewhere too.
Eventually I got to the point where I threw up my hands, moved my wheel into the house, and set up a little work area in there. Not the ideal situation either, what with clay dust, etc, not to mention the challenges of proximity and navigation to the kiln with pots (doors, stairs, etc). After a while I would only venture to the studio when it was time to glaze a kiln load. Each and every time, I had to spend valuable time reorganizing, clearing surfaces, finding tools, etc., which was frustrating, before I could even get started. It kind of takes a toll on you after a while and doesn’t do a thing for your productivity or state of mind.
Well this week I have finally moved my wheel back into the studio. I now have my own dedicated section of the studio to throw, where all my tools are within reach and laid out so they’re easy to see and find. The addition of shelving and some pegboard makes it so much easier to keep organized and my work surfaces clear and instantly usable.
Behind my chair I have a bookshelf that holds bats as well as other small tools that I occasionally use.
Here in another section of the studio, is a waist high handbuilding station/table, right beside the slab roller. Again a pegboard mounted above gives a place to hang related tools instead of cluttering up the surface . (I haven’t tried it yet, but the table is also the perfect height for throwing on that little tabletop Aspire wheel as well.) Buckets of glaze sit under the table and out of the way.
I was surprised at how much more productive I have been this week and how much calmer I feel overall. Its so much nicer to walk in in the morning and cuz I know I can start working right away and I’ll be able to find what I’m looking for.