My Hiatus

Wow! For me, it has been a very long summer.  I was not able to work in my studio for most of the time, and became very restless.  The reason I was not able to work is because we had the basement finished.  The basement is where my studio is, so no work while construction was happening.  Here is a little bit of what happened to our basement, and my studio this summer.

Here is how the studio started (when we bought the house)

This is my large work bench that holds my kiln, rolling mill and any other forging tools.


Here is my soldering station, near a window for ventilation.


My jeweler’s bench and some artwork done by my assistant.


There used to be a closet in my studio, not any more!


My assistant, and the doorway to the rest of the basement.

So, we interviewed a lot of contractors, finally decided on one, and got started.  Here are pictures of the gutted basement.

Here is the main area of the basement that was turned into a huge playroom for the boys


Here is my studio, without the walls!

After about 3 months of builders in and out of the basement, I have my studio back! I am so happy to get back to work.

Here are the pictures of the new studio:

New Studio

New Studio

New Studio

It is a constant work in progress as acquire more tools, skills and materials.  Keep Creating



This little guy joined our family a week after construction was finished.  He is my second assistant 😉

New Studio

This winter we embarked on the journey of buying a new home.  We were very happy with our purchase and delighted to get into our new space.  I was particularly excited about the basement space that would become my studio.  Though it still looks a bit rough, it is now workable and is up and running.  Here is the progression.

In the beginning. . . .

 All the boxes that need to be unpacked and organized into my new space.  Also, my little apprentice is always willing to help.
 Here is the new professional jeweler’s bench I purchased in January.
 If you recall, I had this large work table in the old house.  We deconstructed it and then put it up again in the new house.
 There is a closet but with minimal storage and we will be getting rid of it in renovation.
  Here is the view from my window into the back yard.
A couple weeks later. . . .
 My jeweler’s bench was functional but not completely organized yet.
The table was being utilized but wait, it gets better.
Currently. . . .
I have added a torching station for soldering and fusing near a window for ventilation.
 The jeweler’s bench has proven to be very useful.  It’s a perfect place for sawing, wrapping and planning out pieces.
 The closet is used for minimal storage and stays closed too keep things out of reach from little hands
The work table is now completely organized with enameling kiln up and running.
And my little apprentice is always willing to lend a hand (or hammer).
I hope you have enjoyed a sneak peek.  We are planning on finishing out the basement and revamping the studio.  So unfortunately, that means packing it up and taking another break.  However, I will be working until they begin construction.  Keep Creating