My studio is located at Open Concepts Studio in Portland, Maine. It's such a cool little spot, I share space with painters, glass blowers, fabric artists, neon artists....the energy is palpable. We all have our own individual spaces, but the walls are only half height, so you can see who's coming and going. Most of the time in my space, it's me, or perhaps one of my assistants and me, and of course the latest Netflix binge watching episodes; I don't usually have many visitors. Sometimes a client, but not terribly often.
So I thought you might like to see a snippet into what a jewelry studio looks like. I only took a few pictures, and believe me, a lot of cleaning went into getting the studio ready for just these few pictures! It's unbelievable how things get so messy in such a short time.
Anyway, the first picture is my workbench. My husband built the bench for me, and then, later on a second one. This is where I spend most of my time. You can see my assortment of pliers and cutters, hammers and mallets, notebooks where I keep my jewelry "recipes" and in the front, a piece of silver that has had discs cut out the the steel block next to it. To the left of the pliers is my disc cutter. I sandwich the silver in the disc cutter, put in the corresponding steel punch and give it a whack with the brass hammer. Great for taking out frustrations!
The picture below is another view from my bench. In the back, in all of those boxes are different fonts that I use to stamp charms, bracelets, and navigational coordinates. In front is a dapper - I put the disc in a concave spot in the block, choose a corresponding dapper, and can make the disc concave or convex. In the front are pieces of silver that I'll either use to make jewelry, or melt down, depending on the size of the silver.
The last picture is where I keep my "little pieces" - jump rings, head pins, silver beads, split rings, etcetera, anything that I need to make pieces. I bought these great glass spice jars and use them to keep everything small. It's great to put my hands on the things that I want right away.
I hope you enjoyed the little "tour", if you're planning a visit to Portland, feel free to call me and stop in!
I welcome your questions or comments!