We have made such amazing progress on the new space, that we are ready to start moving in!
The new walls that are dividing the clay areas from the non-clay areas are up, they’ve been sheeted with plywood and the recycled doors are installed. Next up is painting those new walls and sheeting the ‘ceiling’ with a thin clear plastic which will keep the clay dust out but still keep us compliant with the fire code. Then we get to move everything in! Beyond setting things up and getting organized in the new space, we also need to get the kiln wired in properly, the new sandblaster set up and get water running to a sink, so there is a lot to be done. I keep reminding myself that my current studio evolved over years and that this new studio will evolve too, it doesn’t all have to happen at once.
There are still 3 more weeks of Summer Workshops and Adult Clay Classes at the Aptos Studio, but things have definitely started to change on this end too as I’ve slowly taken one truck load at a time over to the new space. I think the biggest visual change is the Vine Series sculptures that have been growing up the outside studio walls for 10 years have now been packed away. I think I patched up 1000 holes in the process. It’s amazing to go through 12 years of art, projects, supplies and decide what still has value and what can be recycled or repurposed, a necessary process to go through every once in awhile.