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Organising a small studio or home working space

Glittering Shards: Organising a small studio or home working space

Glittering Shards

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Organising a small studio or home working space

My quest for re-organising my studio is complete (for now!).

Here's some pictures and tips, some of which can be applied across disciplines, as well as to mosaics. If you are just staring out, there some ideas for setting up a making area at home too ;)

1. Take-away tubs. I have reluctantly relinquished my love of glass jars for the more practical arrangement of plastic tubs. Please note,  I did not eat that many take-away's! I raided Poundland (dollar store) where you can get 10 for £1 (funny that...). The advantage of using these is to make use of every inch of space on the shelves and to make it much easier to see and reach all your stock.
To get over the fact that plastic is just not as nice or see-through as glass, I have stuck a sample tile on the front of each tub and this does the trick. Put the tiles in a colour order that is intuative for you as this helps a lot with searching and getting inspiration for combinations.

2. Storing stained glass - I would love to have enough studio space to construct shelves to store stained glass upright. But I haven't. That, coupled with the fact that I use a lot of cullet (offcuts), has got me storing the stuff in small and medium sized stacktable containers (of the more study kind - sourced from Ikea & pound shops).
Large sheets are stored upright in the larger tubs and I also use these to store broken china and stuff like that. It works and its safe (important if you are running classes or have little ones coming into your studio).
3. Making use of under table space - the two large tables I have in my studio are against walls and this gives me the chance to use the space underneath to store grout, tools and other equipment. Again, I use stackable plastic tubs (larger variety, these ones from IKEA). Students often ask for ideas on setting up a mosaic space at home and this is a good solution if you have no dedicated space yet. Keep all your materials in tubs under a table (in the kitchen / dining room) with a long table cloth to hide them when not in use.

4. Catching shards of glass - the other tip for those of you without a dedicated mosaic space  (from one of my lovely students, Silvia) is to mosaic standing up at the sink! Personally, I like working standing up. Doing so at the sink stops most of the shards flying onto the floor (though please don't send them down your plughole or you may need to call the drain man!). The other way of catching shards is to nip tiles into a clear ziplok bag or a large plastic tub turned on this side (there's a bit of a plastic tub theme going on here eh?!)

Talking of those small shards...I have a fantastic children's mosaic tutorial on using those bits that normally get thrown away coming in the next week...see you then ;)

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  • I love your organisational skills!! You constantly inspire me :-)

    By Anonymous Jules, at 28 June 2011 at 15:23  

  • my, you are just far too organised for me! Good tips though. I am getting over a burglary and a warning to all in the local area it's happening to loads of people and the weekend before my summer art e-course begins *sigh* there is never a good time is there. I am trying to catch up with myself.

    Hope you are well and looking forward to seeing you soon. And I was about to comment on your take-away consumption until I read about poundland!


    By Blogger Amelia, at 28 June 2011 at 18:44  

  • I did get a little concerned seeing the number of take-away tubs for a second there - glad to hear they actually come from Poundland!! Very impressed with your storage space but mostly impressed with your stock... one day I'll have such a great variety of colours and materials to work from...(goes off into mosaic daydream!)

    By Blogger Creating Trouble, at 28 June 2011 at 19:28  

  • Concetta,
    Nice ideas!! Thanks! Here in US we have Dollar stores that sell the same sort of items - very useful!

    By Anonymous Brigit, at 29 June 2011 at 00:36  

  • Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [29 Jun 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 29 June 2011 at 04:40  

  • well I can not wait to see what you will do with all those teensy bits.
    I adore your storage and how they are arranged by color. So pleasing! Not quite like my troll cave studio in my basement. Perhaps I need to get me some plastic tubs!

    By Blogger AG Ambroult, at 29 June 2011 at 19:37  

  • I was ready to be impressed by your curry-eating ability there! You've disappointed me... Hmm, I fancy a balti now...

    By Blogger WrightStuff, at 29 June 2011 at 23:05  

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