Saturday, March 31, 2018

Craft Room: New Beginnings

Hi, all. I've been MIA pretty much since January. 
Here's what's been going on.

I was a stoneware potter and ceramicist for 40 some years. In 1984 first thing we did when we moved in was set up the clay shop in roughly 1/4 of the basement and adding a small kiln room with proper ventilation. The kiln room is now my shipping room for my Etsy shop.


Later in the late 1990's--when my back and hands gave out---I began casting earthenware and painting on blanks.  


From roughly 2005, when my parents both began to reach later years---everything was set aside and left untouched. New molds ($1000 worth) never even used. The room became a dumping ground after my parent's house was sold.


About a month ago---we started in earnest clearing out all the old clay, containers, supplies and extra tools. A sink/counter was removed from here. The walls needing to be patched and properly sealed.
The room is roughly 12 x 16...so a decent size.


The only window in the room, now sealed tight----for leakage. 





The room was never insulated. The kilns kept it warm in the winter. But now, hubby has begun 
insulating both walls after repairs and waterproofing. A new waterproof subfloor is being laid. And some vinyl planking will be next. 



We still have lots to deal with. But the new beginning has begun.


We are still working around tons of stuff. 
We filled one Bagster and all the garbage cans a couple times over.
I listed two kilns, the wheel (sold) and all the molds (106+) on Craig's List.
All the molds have been cleaned and catalogued. 
The white boxes are my parent's legal records, 
which I am required to keep for a couple of more years.


My wonderful shipping area---in transition right now---as everything has to travel through here.


My Etsy shop*(temporarily closed)---has been displaced to the family room.

I'm going through the 10 or so totes that say LIST  and all my previous stock! 


No Easter gathering here this year. 

Final Goals: New walls, Etsy shelving, lighting, sink, craft work surface, storage, display for 
my Barbie houses and play area for the Grand. Phew---that's a lot on the agenda.
And restoring our family room to some sort of normal.

So what have you been working on?


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11 comments:

  1. Big changes Sandi, life type. You have accomplished so MUCH and your redone spaces are going to make things much easier to manage. Hope your kilns, molds and related items find new homes soon. Hugs.
    Joy

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    1. Ugh, lol. Yes, big changes, hubby is tired of not having a kitchen table to eat at. We were interrupted with flu, but will start back on it -this week.

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    2. Ugh, lol. Yes, big changes, hubby is tired of not having a kitchen table to eat at. We were interrupted with flu, but will start back on it -this week.

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  2. That's such an ambitious project, Sandy. But oh, when all is said and done you will be so excited and very grateful! Flu, you say? Not so good!

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    1. Yes it is, we are going to go shop for some paneling and pegboard to get back at it.

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  3. Seems like a big job - but you will be so glad to have it done!

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    1. I hadn't thrown pottery since 1996 when I was injured. I did ceramics (white earthenware from molds for another 10 years) and then it became a dumping place. It's time!

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  4. OMG ..This is a big job... but we all go through it... Once it’s done ..You will be happy and relieved... It is sad though that we learn our craft and then have injury that curtails our creativity...but it happens to the best of it .. and leads to something new and exciting... SoKeep going Girl.... Have a HAPPY week...Hugs

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    1. Thanks Zaa...I have kept busy gardening, sewing,mosaics, and doll crafting. I will have group art parties when this is done in my new space. Once an artist, always an artist.

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  5. WOW!! What a huge project!! Wishing you luck with it!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. And thanks to you for stopping by. This room will be for mini-crafting and art parties...I can't wait.

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Thank you for any and all comments. I will reply to any questions!
And great to meet you, Sandi