I recently moved to Alto NM and set up my new studio and thought I’d like to share with you some of the things I thought about while setting it up.
I asked myself some questions and then set it up from there.
First and foremost will I be teaching in my studio or elsewhere?In this case I’ll be teaching in my studio. So I need to look at what my students will need. They will need a workspace. So, my next questions I need to answer is how many students can my studio accommodate and how will I place/make working stations? Where will I sit to demonstrate?
I placed a low table in the center of the room. This table can be used for bead stringing, and working with metal clay. I can place two students here. All in all now, I can fit 5 students in my new studio.
Another is along the opposite side with cabinets under it. They hold supplies for classes. I place class supplies on this counter top, depending on what I am teaching that day.
My studio doesn’t have heat, so I put a fake fireplace space heater in the room. I put shelves in to hold merchandise, tools, for sale.
What will I teach?
I will be teaching metal smithing and metal clay classes, so I need to look at storage for tools, books, chemicals, soldering stations, and a place for my kilns. I have a PMC kiln both that uses regular 110 current which is readily available. I need to store my flammable chemicals in a locked cabinet.
For fire proofing placed some left over granite on top of the counter top and a Solderite board on top of that. Home Depot sells stainless steel sheet that could be placed on the wood counter top and then have the Solderite board on top if it.
Finally, I bought some small safety signs, Oxygen in use, Flammables, No Smoking, Fire Extinguisher, First Aid kit, and some others. The oxygen and no smoking signs on posted on my front door. Of course the Fire Extinguisher sign is next to the fire extinguisher and the First Aid sign is the same.
I hope this helps bring to light some simple things to think about when setting up your studio.