We have another very honest portrayal of a real artist's studio today, that of miss Lis Kidder. Lis' space is self-admittedly a little disastrous from an outside viewpoint, but for her, the surroundings are invigorating and proof of all the creative energy she's expelled. Take a peek into her somewhat messy, yet productive space!
What do you create in this space?
More than just chaos! I create kiln-fused dichroic glass jewelry and the occasional lampwork bead.
Please describe what we see in the pictures a bit...
My studio began as the corner of the table that you see in the photo. It used to be our dining room table. As time went on I took over more and more of the table, adding new tools and more glass. I clamped a lampworking torch to one end, and stuck a glass grinder in the middle. Then we moved, and I claimed the biggest bedroom in our new apartment (and we bought a new dining room table). It's the command center of my business, and I do everything in it. The right side of the room is used for cutting and fusing glass, and creating jewelry. I store most of my supplies on that side, in plastic tubs that I picked up at Target. The left side of the room is reserved for photography, shipping and working on my website. We're looking into buying a house right now, and I'm hoping to take over an entire floor (shhh don't tell my fiance).
How do you feel when you enter your "handmade space"?
Energized and focused. My studio is a disaster area because whenever I'm in it I'm caught up in a frenzy of creative energy. New ideas zip through my mind as I'm working and I try to grab them all and implement them before they are whisked away. It looks like the laboratory of a mad scientist, but it's actually the studio space of a very happy artist.
Thanks Lis, for giving us a peek into your real, everyday space! To see the pretty glass jewelry that Lis creates here, check out her website, Dichroic Jewelry!