Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Downsizing My Studio
In a way, for me, it was kind of like when I get on a plane to go somewhere. Essentially you are putting your life in someone else’s hands for a few hours and you just never know, do you?
So before my surgery I came to some decisions about what would be next for me if I came out of this alive. Yes, I know. What can I say. It is how my mind works under stress.
I looked around my studio and saw quite a few supplies and tools that I haven’t used in quite a few years. For example there is my nearly brand new Paragon Sc2 kiln. It takes up way too much space and I think I used it a dozen times if that. I had originally bought it for enameling but I quickly tired of that medium, I could never get the colors right and all that sanding was killing my hands.
So then I started using it for metal clay. But the price of the clay was unaffordable after a while and so the kiln sat unused for a quite a few years.
Tonight I sold my kiln to a wonderful enamellist and jeweler who was in need of a new kiln. Perfect. I am also donating all my unused or partly used Thompson enamels to the local art center. They teach a lot of children and adult classes in enameling so they will get good use of it all. And I can get an entire shelf back.
I am also selling all my unused and unopened packets of PMC3. They are two years old already and I don’t see myself using them again. Let me know if you might be interested in them and perhaps we can strike a deal.
I need to downsize in a big way. I can no longer afford to keep working in expensive materials and not be able to sell it. My jewelry business has never made me much money and frankly it is now just an expensive hobby.
Which leads me to the next sentence. I am closing my etsy shop and will not be selling (or trying to sell) jewelry any longer. I am going back to my first love of painting, Now that I have the time to be in my studio every day where one painting grows out of the next, that is going to be my focus.
I will totally understand if you don’t want to follow my blog anymore especially if it is not going to be about making jewelry. There are so many blogs out there I am honored that you have all followed me for so long. Of course I will still be posting about all my travails as an artist so even if it isn’t directly about jewelry making, you may still want to stick around. I hope so because I have gained some wonderful friends and followers on here.
But time marches on, life is short and I need to follow my art heart wherever it takes me.