Friday, December 7, 2018

New Studio

Although my new studio is not quite complete, I have started moving in, and thought it would be fun to do a little retrospective of its progress.

Here is a photo of the studio I worked in for thirteen years (before that, I was a potter, and when I started doing freelance work and painting I used an upstairs tiny bedroom in the house).
Though this upstairs in a barn served me well for many years, its main challenges were the knee walls and gable ceiling, and the lack of running water in the building. No sink, no bathroom.
Beginning to pour concrete for the foundation

The deck is done and framing the walls begins


Second floor and loft framing begin

Beginning to close it in

Interior, sometime in the summer

Exterior, awaiting exterior insulation, strapping, and siding.
Drywall defines the space.

Exterior is insulated and strapped, shingles are going up.

Here is a brief tour of the studio after the first day of working in it.

45 comments:

  1. So exciting! And connected to the house. Very uptown. It’s your turn, congratulations.

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  2. Really excited for you. What a great space!

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  3. I’m so glad you are moving into your new studio. It is beautiful. I’m equally glad that Pearl, Nelson and Argyle get to enjoy it with you.

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  4. always fun to see what someone's studio looks like . . . congratulations on the new build, looks like you've waited patiently . . . :-)

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  5. Congratulations, Jane - how exciting!!! I just upgraded from a rental space to my own barn! No running water or bathroom, but at least it's heated : ) All the best to you!

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    1. YES!!! Great, Sarah! I worked in my upstairs barn space for YEARS with no bathroom or running water. I'm glad you have your own space!

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  6. lovely space, i love the high ceilings/ loft. i hope you take us on another tour when you are moved in, starting from inside of your house moving on into the studio.

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  7. wow what a great studio. two cats and a dog with heated floors. envious...

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  8. Yes, I'm jealous but I'm happy that you can have a wonderful new studio.

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    1. Yeah, I'd be jealous too! I can't believe I get to have this space!!!!

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  9. So exciting! Jane, thank you for sharing your process, including your new studio! Sarah N. Prince

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  10. Congrats and you are blessed with this beautiful space - well deserved and what a great place to work! Love the loft - for storage? Open floors with no stacked boxes of supplies would be a dream!

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    1. Well, far be it from me to leave open space open. The loft will be my office, yoga space, music space, and storage. We will put in a spiral staircase and railings at some point.

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  11. Which part did I pay for? The heated floors?

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    1. Sorry, don’t know why it didn’t identify me. I’m Peggy benedict

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    2. Ha! Peggy, you've paid for more than the heated floors! All my workshop participants, collectors, readers, etc are responsible for this enormous gift! I am gobsmacked with it!

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  12. I have always wanted private art space and for possible teaching, but mostly huge bare walls,aahhhhh the possibilities...happy for you. Use it in good health and luck.

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  13. Congratulations Jane! You've worked so hard and you are an inspiration!

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  14. Congratulations, Jane! Your studio is spectacular!

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  15. The walls look nice and thick for great insulation, and radiant floor heat is perfect for our climate. We have the same in the home we built over 20 years ago and I've been sooooo happy ever since. Long time coming, but oh so worth it.

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    1. Cool! Yeah, the double insulation (inside between studs, AND outside) is de rigeur these days, I gather, and the radiant floor is AWESOME! Hope you can come make art here in 2019.

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  16. I love it! You are so fortunate to have such a wonderful space. Maybe someday you'll run your own workshops there...??

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I do hope to have small mentoring workshops in the studio. Maybe two or three participants. Conveniently, there is a rental house next door with three bedrooms, two baths, full kitchen, etc.

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  17. Well I don't mean to be an unknown either! I'm Liz Orsini

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  18. How wonderful and how beautiful! Looks so well thought out. Congrats and best wishes for many, many happy and productive years ahead!

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    1. Thanks, Asta! My husband is a building designer, so I left that to him. So many little things I would not have thought of that make it beautifully functional and inspiring and convenient.

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  19. Beautiful space. Love all the windows.

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  20. Jane, we met at the Golden gathering in Miami. Your new space is amazing and usually I would be jealous...but you give so much inspiration to so may people, myself included that I only have feelings of joy, warmth and gratitude. Enjoy your space as so many above have said you truly deserve it!
    Last year I had a week's residency in Cornwall..it has been booked a year before and by the time it came I was sorted about what to use it for, I wanted to explore mark making more and decided to just take mark making tools very few coloyrs, my gelli, no panels, no finished pieces. By chance the night before I watched your Black and White video and it set me off for the week, which has since become 6 months of exploring marks, making brushes (Lorna Crane) and a fantastic personal journey. You have no idea the impact you have on so many of us....so enjoy your space 😁💙💚💛

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    1. OMG, Sally! I am so happy that you found inspiration in one of my videos! Yes, of course I remember meeting you at the Gathering. If you are ever over on this side of the pond, we could play in my new studio!

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  21. Wow! About time.....you are absolutely worth it.

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  22. Your new studio is wonderful!! How exciting! I loved the video and the progress photos. Congratulations!!

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  23. Thanks Jane. I’m so glad you get to have this beautiful space.

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  24. wow! your new studio is beautiful Jane.

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  25. Congrats on the well earned new studio. I hope you have many joyful hours in there working and reflecting.
    Best Wishes,
    linda Mae

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  26. It looks fantastic! Tell me more about how you use Homasote.

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  27. WOW! A wonderful, light filled space. Enjoy every moment in it! Feel the creativity anew!
    How's the Rupert Store project going? Happy Holidays and a good year ahead, Ellen

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