Monday, July 19, 2010

Glass Rod Storage and the Joy of Color

First, there's some back story.

I have a studio that used to be a shed. It was modified within an inch of its life with insulation, a small A/C unit, an extra window -- as much as you could do to make a nice lampwork studio. You can click here to see it in progress and here to see it finished.


This year, we finally decided once and for all we are NOT going to move and decided to just go ahead and renovate the house, building on an addition to the back of the house. This just started a few weeks ago, and while it's still hot as Hades outside, there have been some times I've wanted to go out in the evening and make some beads.

But this is what I face every day.


Look at all that dirt. And you can imagine, with the dry weather we've been having around Maryland, that it's been getting into everything. I walk to the studio and my sandals are full up with good ol' dust and dirt.

Enter the problem.

My studio is open to the contractors every day. All day. Because of this.


I have great electricity in my studio -- there are two separate breakers that run in there. And they NEED those outlets for all the power gizmos they use. They DO. I would no sooner tell them to shut my shed than I would tell my best friend to jump off the Bay Bridge. Instead, I decided I had to get creative in order to keep the glass I have in storage as dust-free as possible (the stuff on the desk is just going to have to be cleaned as I go).


I TOTALLY lucked out a year ago in Pennsylvania at an antique/junk store and found an old oak post office sorting stand -- the sort of thing that usually sits on a table and the mail got stuck in all the slots. I walked around and around that beautiful thing (it was huge!) but couldn't find a price. "No price, probably too expensive" I thought. But I couldn't stand it, and when the owner walked by, I had to ask. "Weeeeeel," he said, stretching his back and cocking his head, "I guess I could give it to you for $100."

SOLD! I couldn't even have bought the oak for that price. That sorting shelf BARELY fit in my van -- we took a thin bit of both oak AND van off each side and three men wrestled it in. But isn't it the coolest? And how about those COLORS? All of that is CiM glass, which I love beyond distraction, even though I'm still such, such a novice. I get happy just resorting the stuff.


But remember the curtains I'd originally hung to cover shelving? Half the shelving got ditched in lieu of my new rod storage, and I almost got rid of the curtains. But hey -- guess what? They cover the front of that mail sorter perfectly. Dust? Not a problem.


Problem solved. I'm still going to have to do a major dust-down each time I go in to torch, but all that glass is for the most part safe and sound. And I'm still surrounded by what I love best -- color.

Lori Anderson designs jewelry for Lori Anderson Designs and also writes for the blog An Artist's Year Off. She works in Maryland.

16 comments:

  1. What a lovely work area you have! I love all the color.

    Good luck with the renovations. I am sure once it's all done it will seem like a bad dream. No pain, no gain- Right?

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  2. Your work shed is so awesome! I love it!!!! That storage area for all your class, too cool! I have tried only the Rose Quartz in CiM, but I want to give more colors a try. Mom and I just found a distribtor in Bloomington and if we do good at our art show on the 30th we are going shopping, shopping for more glorious glass!
    Good luck on all the construction and being dust/dirt free.
    Beth

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  3. Your work shed is so awesome! I love it!!!! That storage area for all your class, too cool! I have tried only the Rose Quartz in CiM, but I want to give more colors a try. Mom and I just found a distribtor in Bloomington and if we do good at our art show on the 30th we are going shopping, shopping for more glorious glass!
    Good luck on all the construction and being dust/dirt free.
    Beth

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  4. Good luck with the renovations. (Good choice, not moving, so you didn't have to give up your wonderful studio!)

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  5. Thanks for the glimpse into your studio. That old PO sorting shelf ROCKS! I always love seeing how other lampworkers have their spaces set up, particularly how they house their glass. Too cool

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  6. I love the bright colors!

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  7. You are so lucky to have everything you have here....this is a beautiful sight to me...dirt and all!

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  8. Wow your studio is perfect. I would love to have a studio like that at home.

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  9. Lori, I loved looking at your studio and so happy the glass is safe minimally dusted and behind such awesome curtins-

    Um, by the way, I am totally obsessed your your post office shelf!-How perfect!

    I just recently posted my new studio pics-drop by and have a look see. I am so proud of it!

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  10. Ooooh, contracters... wishing you the best there! Love, love, love your storage - that post office cubby hole piece is just gorgeous!

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  11. I'm very drooly over your rod storage. I have something similar, but it's new. Your beautiful oak has so much more character and it's so sturdy and big. (Because, seriously, size DOES matter!)

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  12. What a beautiful space! No wonder you are so creative you surround yourself with color it is awesome!

    Hugs

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  13. Lori, I love, LOVE the colors in your shop area! How happy! Bummer on the dust front - hot, dry summers + construction = major bummer. But look on the bright side, you're going to have a wicked awesome addition WITH air conditioning once it's all done. :) Yipee!

    We'll celebrate with you with you when it's all done!

    {Hugs!}
    Dawn

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  14. All that glass is pure eye candy! I love colours so much, I could be content just to sit down arrange, rearrange and look at them. Have you started to pull stringers yet?
    smiles, Virginie

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  15. It will be all worth it soon enough! And anyone would dream of having such a spacious, stand-alone studio like that! I have an old post office desk as well...I think I may use it for stamps one day, or any number of craft supplies.

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  16. Hiya Lori now all of this will pass soon enough but things are frustrating at times! hang in there. See the very top poster kaozz? Thats my Daughter it looks like she looks at some of my people! Small world lol..

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