A Place for Everything

There is a place for everything in my studio, and in my eyes it is very organized, but through a visitors eyes it is a jumble of equipment, supplies, materials and miscellaneous stuff. I know just which drawer to look in for a rod of black glass, or which shelf to reach for the blue frit. I’ve finally gotten myself into the habit of putting things back where they belong, realizing that it saves so much time and frustration in the long run. There is still a lot of room for improvement. It took me about a year to finally store my glass by color, letting me spend less time handling glass sheets, which for me means less opportunity for cutting myself. And then there are some things that I have more than one storage place for,  the “old” place and the “new” place and they migrate between the two, creating problems when I want to find something fast. I’ve got to cut that out. It’s hard to pull myself away from my artwork and carve out time dedicated to becoming more organized, but in the end it is very much worth it. With North Coast Open Studios just around the bend (June 9 – 10) its time to take a look at my studio with a critical eye and  fine-tune my organizational skills.