Moving my studio – definitely not a fun thing to contemplate with all of my kilns and equipment. However, currently my studio is housed in my garage. That has advantages in the summer, as I can move my kilns out onto the driveway (they’re on rolling carts) and keep from heating up the house. It also has disadvantages in the winter, because it gets pretty cold out there (only space heaters by our feet!) to be cutting glass with precision or cold-working the glass, since glass needs to be cooled with water while cold-working it. Cold, wet hands are not my idea of a good time. 🙂
As those of you who have been following this blog for a while already know, I’ve been contemplating for a while now moving my studio out to an artist colony that I hope to build on 78 acres just outside of Sedona. My plans have been to move my studio out there just as soon as I got my new house and studio completed. However, I realized that it may not be such a good idea to move out there before I have at least one or two other people out there with me. I have a tendency to be a hermit unless I plan otherwise, and being half an hour out of town on 78 acres would only increase that tendency.
So, I decided to create an interim plan. I’m in the process of buying a commercial building with space for me to work in, space to create a sales area for my work, and quite a few additional spaces that I can rent out to other artists. This will allow me to create a miniature version of the artist colony in town, to see what it will be like to work in this environment before I commit to moving my studio out onto the land I’ve bought. It will also give me the opportunity to have a dry run with some other artists who might be interested in the venture, without them having to commit to living outside of town.
This past week, I identified a building, put in an offer, and the current owner has accepted it. Now we’re going through the inspection and closing process, with the closing to take place at the end of the month. Assuming that all goes well and the closing takes place as scheduled, I should be moving my studio just after New Year’s Day. I didn’t post a picture of the new space yet, just because I don’t want to jinx this in any way. However, I did include a picture of the view from just above my building on the Airport Mesa lookout… lucky me! After the closing, I’ll put up another post about the details of the move with pictures of the new building, inside and outside, and shots of the great views from the windows there. Keep your fingers crossed for me and wish me luck!
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