Thursday, March 28, 2013

More Changes

Hi everyone!  I know it's been forever since I've been here.  I keep trying to be better at this.  Maybe I'll get there one day.

I have an excuse this time though.  I've been incredibly busy.

I have decided to focus my energy on Ceramics.  I may still make the occasional doll or miniature but for the most part I want to stick with ceramics.  It was my first love and now that I finally have all of the equipment (minus a wheel) to create ceramics again, I'm going for it!

This change meant a change in my studio as well.  My studio was crammed full of all things doll, miniature and ceramics.  You fellow doll makers can attest that the list of doll making supplies is a long one.  I was trying to cram everything into my little studio and into my life.  It was just too much and I was finding that I was completely uninspired to work on ANYTHING because of it.  Something had to give.

So, I re-did my studio and everything that wasn't ceramics or jewelry related got the axe.  Don't freak out, I didn't get rid of anything, I just boxed it up and put it in the garage so I would have it when I got an urge to crank out a doll or miniature.  Once I got all of the non-ceramics related stuff out of here, I rearranged everything and created stations for different things.  I cannot tell you how great it feels to walk in here, ready to create and to know EXACTLY where everything I need is.  Amazing.  I have also made sure to keep it neat and tidy.  Every night, before I knock off for the day, I go around to all of the stations and make sure everything is put away and cleaned up.  It feels so good to have all of this open, uncluttered space.  My muse is dancing on the ceiling in here.

Would you like a tour?  Come along and I'll show you...

We'll start here, at the slab station.  The furniture is a filing cabinet which holds all of my files and misc. office supplies like envelopes, tape, staples, extra pens, etc.  On top of the table is my slab roller.  It actually intended for printmaking but it works awesome as a slab roller which is why I snatched it up at an auction not too long ago.  If you are wondering what a slab roller is, it's like a giant pasta machine.  It rolls out clay in an even thickness.  Next to the slab roller is a stack of drywall blocks that I work on.

Stepping to the left of the slab station is my hand building station.  This is where I model sculpt and clean up clay pieces.  The paint holder is there because it's very heavy and this table is the only table in my studio strong enough to support it.  There's also a wooden rolling pin here, a hump mold, a food dehydrator that I use to dry my pendants faster in, lots of cups and cans of sculpting tools and paint brushes, some slip trailers and of course my iPad so I can watch shows while I work or listen to music.
The drawers in this table hold a bunch of stuff too.  The left door has all of my air dry clay in it, the middle drawer has a large sheet of drywall in it so I can put pieces in there to dry and the right drawer has my rubber gloves, molding materials and texture tools in it.  You can also see my mask hanging there which I use any time I have to sand clay or when I clean the canvas top of the table.  You do not want to breathe that stuff in.  Under the table are three bags of clay I'm working out of at the moment and my trash can.

Stepping to the left of the hand building station is my jewelry/crafts table.  This is where I do any painting with acrylics or jewelry making.  Pretty self explanatory.  Under the table is my lasar printer and my light table.

Moving to the next wall, right next to the jewelry/craft station is my Sales Center.  This is where my computers and my Etsy inventory is kept and where I spend more time than I'd to doing online marketing on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest as well as in some groups I belong to.  That calendar on the wall was a gift from my husband.  He had it made for me.  Each month there are pictures of me, my kids, my husband, it made me cry.  :)  The doorway you just see peeking in the left corner there is the doorway that leads to my living room and front door.

On to the next wall, just to the left of the Sales Station is this little wall, just big enough for my glazing station and drying rack.  I only glaze ceramic pieces here.  The colorful drawers next to it are full of texture tools, stamps, clay tools, etc.  I roll it over to my hand building station when I need it.  When I don't need it, it stays here.  Under the glazing station is more clay storage.  The doorway you see peeking just to the left of this station is the doorway that leads to my kitchen.

Just to the left of the doorway into the kitchen is my Library/Shipping Station/Misc Storage Area.
The stuff on the floor is a basket of styrofoam balls for my dollmaking and air dry clay play.  The drawers you see there have nothing but wood pieces in them.  The cabinet on the left has misc stuff that I didn't want to pack away and replacements of various things I use for clay like sponges, squirt bottles, slip trailers, etc.  Right next to that cabinet on the left are the sliding glass doors that lead to the lanai at the back of our house.

Yep, there's the sliding doors.  The doorway there leads to my daughters rooms, a bath room and my husband's office.  The MLB up over the sliding doors will soon be BLU MUDD instead.  :)  A few more boxes to carry to the garage but, it's pretty much done and man does that feel good!

And there you have it!  The grand tour.  Welcome to Blu Mudd Headquarters.

Besides the studio re-do, I have been creating some things.  Lots more pendants, a necklace and a handful or two of bracelets too.  If you haven't been over to Blu Mudd lately, you should get on over there because we're expanding our line.  Blu Mudd isn't just pendants anymore.  :)  There are some exciting things being planned and you don't want to miss them!  Here's a sample of the bracelets:

Whew!  Sorry for the crazy long post but that's what happens when I stay away too long.  Thank you for putting up with me.  So????  Tell me!  What have you been up to?