POINT NUMBER THREE ON THE “INCREASE YOUR VISIBILITY” LIST

So I introduced you to my Etsy shop (1), and the previous blog published here will be a guest blog (2) on maybe two sites, one later this week.

The marketing genius that I am following to fame and fortune says that viewers want to see my studio, and how it works.  Gawd.  It is a mess.

We built this big barn, and at first it was simply going to be storage for my tile, which is mostly laid in the summer, Glenn’s studio, and storage for Glenn’s toys.  Trucks, cars.

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Above is a portion of Glenn’s studio, which was planned in the barn design.  The metal walls are in, baseboard heat installed which we never use.

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My area in the barn was never to be a studio, it was for the storage of tile, won by dumpster diving.

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You can see a bit of the tile on the left, on shelves.  These shelves are sixty feet long and go all the way up to the front of the barn.  This is the back left, and there is a garage door to let light in as well as high windows.  Glenn’s studio is in the front right of the barn.  I am second class for sure, and looking at this image, act like it!

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But not this chair.  It is totally first class, and is my studio chair.  I love it and found it in a dumpster. You can see where I sit above, behind the tilting window which still has its glass.

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I sit in the fine chair and stare at a plywood wall which has a piece in progress on it.  Above, we are looking at the side of a big piece, bigger than normal these days.  I do not take good care of my tools, unfortunately.  They are used so much, they are almost never put away.

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Here is the piece now in the studio, the object of my staring from the chair.  These window frames are BIG.  Bigger than normal.  The dark one measures 43″ x 33″ and the aluminum screen is 29′ x 25″.  The table legs are 21 inches long.  I have had trouble using these biggest windows, but last week figured the problem out.  With a bigger window, all the other elements have to be to scale.  Duuuh.

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This piece actually fell on the floor last night after a stupid move by its creator.  Good thing I have these pictures.

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The last evaluation happens upstairs in the gallery where the walls are neutral.  Now to go pick up the big piece off the floor.

 

BETTER BARN

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Changes are taking place in the barn.  The second floor is getting fancy.  We are going to have walls.  Glenn has his portable infinity wall when he photographs his sculptures down to a science, but as always, I struggle.  My sculptures are essentially 2-D and they hang on a wall.  The only wall currently big enough is in the bedroom.

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And although the parallel shadows add context when photographing a piece, they are probably distracting.  Smooth walls would be such a help.  This bedroom wall used to be the outside of the house.

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Looking up from the ground level, the ceiling and walls are going up.  This side of the space will remain open, as will the corresponding back, and Glenn will make custom railings for here.

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This is a view to the front of the barn from the second floor.  I have never seen gray-green sheetrock before.  It contains a moisture barrier.  Love the linear structure of the studs in building.  Often finished houses seem far less interesting to me than when they are a complex armature.  Didn’t want a ceiling in the gallery space, but Glenn covered my rock with his paper.  He’s probably right.  It would be messy without a ceiling.

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The railing that Glenn has been saving for years will switch from left to right, and of course he will modify it to be more artful.  All of our bicycles hang from the first floor ceiling and define spaces in an interesting kind of way.

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Now the sheet rock guys are moving on to the unfinished bathroom.