I work in my personal studio in Sebastopol, California. I designed and built the studio on a portion of a large wooded property which includes two individual homes, and a detached three car garage. This compact work space is situated in a private gated garden area on the property, just steps from my home, and, though it is modest in size, it is well arranged for the type of work done there.. While I work, I can enjoy the views from several large windows. A sliding glass door leads to a small redwood entry deck.
The studio is roughly 200 square feet. We create clay and glass projects and glaze there. I maintain a separate 80 square foot kiln room where we fire ceramics and fuse glass. Art giclee and transfer printing is done in my home office. However, framing, matting and art mounting is done in the studio. The studio building consists of two adjoining open plan rooms. The main room is an open space with cabinets and shelving along the walls. A work table is arranged in the center. Flowing from the main room is a slightly smaller storage and clean-up space with a skylight. I mostly work on my own, but the space is often shared with other artists.
Because of the nature of my work, I tend to work standing up at the center table. I use this same table for clay work as well glass cutting and assembling. For finish work or glazing, I will often sit at a portable work table in front of a large window. There is also a wedging area and shelves for drying the pieces. In the cleanup-storage area there is a sink with a trap and a cabinet to store grinders and other equipment. The walls in the storage area are lined with movable storage shelving units. All of the floors are tiled to make clean up easy. Most of the walls are covered with slat wall which makes it convenient to rearrange shelving and hanging items. The space is well insulated, so a small portable heating/cooling unit is sufficient to keep the studio comfortable in all seasons of our temperate climate.
Early in my artistic career, I worked out of my home garage then in a shared studio space at the back of one of my galleries. Like many artists, I dreamed of setting up a spacious working studio in a large barn or outbuilding. However, now I find that this scaled back working space fits my current needs very well.