Friday, August 21, 2009

T-minus Ten

days until I get to move into my new studio! Good gravy, I am so excited. It will be like a whole new world! This last Monday I went to look at the space, which was so much larger than I expected. It's in this old house near Mississippi (which is a cool little street with a great breakfast place called, aptly enough, Gravy, and an okay yoga studio). I met the two ladies I will be sharing the space with and they seemed super cool and laid back. It will be so nice to have people to talk to about jewelry things. We chatted for a while about stone suppliers, casting places, and mold making. It was awesome. I'd been in such a vacuum working alone for so long (well, since February). The space itself is large (I have no idea how I will fill it up..I'm sure I will manage it. I'm picturing a little space with my desk etc. and a couch for people who want to consult in person to sit on, and then my work space.) and the house is so old that the floor sort of slants away from the middle of house. But it's sort of perfect, really. Next door to our space is a tailor's sweat shop. I think the main lady over there is Russian, and there is a clothing store downstairs. One of the girls has a little brindle french bulldog, so Gunter and Dieter will have someone to play with! What else..... I'm thinking of getting this:
(vacuum table, kiln and assorted odds and ends for investing)

Along with this:

(centrifugal casting machine)

And eventually this:
(this is used to inject molten wax into molds)

and this: (to carve wax with)

Man, I am so excited to start carving my own designs. I love fabricating by hand, and the possibilities and limitations of the method have definitely influenced my designs for the better I think, but carving in wax just seems like freedom! There are just so many more possibilities! Right now I sort of feel like I'm caught in 2D and when I can start using wax carving and casting I will break free into 3D.
Does that make sense?

This is new:

And it's in my size, so I plan on keeping it for myself.


bdeclee said...

Hey Justine,
Congratulations on your new studio space! Does it have running water? That would be so helpful.
I had a thought: I think you should contact Sundance Jewelry. I think your work fits in there *so* nicely. Cheers, Barbara

Beth Ann said...

I'm so happy that you are taking the jump and getting your studio out of your LIVING quarters! Congrats on all the future plans too! Carving is awesome! Hope Gunter and Dieter love the new digs too!

Anonymous said...

Will you be selling out of your new studio space? My husband and I will be in Portland for our third annual honeymoon and I'd love to "happen to be in the neighborhood" and just "fall in love with one of your pieces" that he would have to buy me. :)

Bean Collins said...

Hi Barbara,

Yes, there is a sink in the bathroom just outside the door. So that is working thus far. It would of course be better if there was one right inside the space, but beggars can't be choosers! I think I might actually do the sundance thing once I get my casting up and going. :-)


Bean Collins said...

Hi Beth Ann,

Thanks! I am so happy about it too! It's just a relief to have a space that is just for work and not have to be "at work" 24/7. Of course I'm still trying to figure out how to work in pug time during the day, since they need to go to the park at least twice (of course!).

Can't wait to start wax carving, so if you have any tips they would be much appreciated!


Bean Collins said...

Hi Linda,

I don't actually have a retail space as part of studio. I also don't keep much stock on hand, most of my jewelery is made to order. But you are more than welcome to fall in love with one of my pieces on Etsy! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

I already have and it sits proudly at the top of my favorites list. I just like to bring presents home from trips we take and would have loved one of your pieces to accompany me home :)

Bean Collins said...

Hi Linda!

I just put two and two together! We convoed yesterday about the moss quartz double band ring, right? :-) it would be really easy to add the third band, so just let me know. :-)


jenna said...

Good workspace makes ALL the difference! Can't wait to see some casting pieces and it would be awesome to see your work in Sundance!