Studio Space

Finding and setting up a studio: 

When working outside an organization like a school or residency, it might be difficult to find space to work after school. For some this is easier than others. If your practice involves a lot of equipment: sculpture, ceramics, printmaking etc, there are a lot of places that have shared situations out there. There are artist communities everywhere and with a little research, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a place to work. Many artists work from home. If you decide to do this and you work in any sort of dangerous materials, be sure to keep you working space separated from your living space. Sleeping in clay dust for example, or breathing in resin fumes is really not the path to a long and healthy life. Be smart about it. That said, I have found that if you need to make work, you will find a way!

Sharing studio space: You are all in a situation right now in which you share space, materials and technology. Some do this better than others. You will find yourself in this situation again, I can almost guarantee it. Should you find yourself needing to share space, I could write a book filled with what to do and what not to do. However, it all comes down to compatible personalities. My best advice is to encourage an atmosphere of mutual respect. Learn to communicate in a direct way rather than being passive aggressive. A studio mate can be your best advocate, can help you see your work objectively and broaden your circle of contacts. Creating a climate of mutual respect is fairly simple and if you speak about that as your goal, the culture you create in the studio won’t have room for toxic energy.


4 thoughts on “Studio Space

  1. I have found that keeping space tidy in common areas in the apartment I share with another artist is really helpful as far as avoiding disagreements. I assume it will be the same with studio space probably? Is it smart to have clearly defined boundaries and then let up if things are going smoothly instead of winging it and making up rules as you go?

    • In my experience, clearly defined boundaries are the best way to go right from the get go. this way there is no room for unintentionally hurt feelings down the road. It might seem weird in the beginning- and I think a lot of us don’t like to come off as a jerk on first impressions.- but I have to say- it works so much better by creating a climate of mutual respect. And yes- keeping common areas tidy certainly goes a long way to maintaining good relationships in the studio.

  2. In foundations Angie talked about how part of her studio practice was just cleaning her studio, does having a clean or messy studio impact the work? also what are some ways to set up a small at-home studio?

  3. How would you go about finding someone to share a studio space if you are not familiar place and the artist groups/people there? Would it be better to start at home, establishing your self in the area and making connections/networking to find someone who would be willing to share a studio space.

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