Hisshou Dungeon Unei Houhou

CLEAN SLATE POST #2 - Thinking of Clean Slates and starting fresh...that's exactly what is happening this year, due to a move my husband and I will be making, come late Spring or early Summer. So I thought it would be fun to share my "Dungeon" space - aka the basement studio..and do a 10 year Flashback with an "In the Moment" comparison with my next post (preparing for the move).

As background, back in September of 2008, my husband and I took a Lampwork Class. During that time, I had become fascinated with melting Glass and felt an overwhelming need to play with fire. My husband...good sport that he is, knew I liked company, and setup up a private Lampworking class for the two of us. So these pictures represent the start of my Lampwork journey - and my humble setup. My FIL and DH built the Work Table using old formica countertop, flashing, and various pieces of lumber. Over the years, I just kept adding on new tools, a Kiln, all the while increasing my knowledge and skills in the different ways that one can safely play with fire lol. To this day, I still use my HotHead Torch for Lampworking, but also love to Fuse Glass in my Kiln, Enamel, Solder, PMC Clay, and a variety of metalwork.

NOW...as creatives, you know that one of the most challenging things is finding a way to store your creative necessities! And as you can imagine, when you are getting ready to put your house on the market - well let's just say, a good number of things need to get grouped together, organized, and then packed up properly to patiently await for the unpacking on the other end, at the new house and studio. Yesterday, my husband realizing that my hidden talents of creating storage spaces in unusual spaces around the house was like a huge puzzle...called me a "Mother Tucker" (in fun lol) - and oh my goodness - it's SO accurate! With 20 years in our current house, it's been a Scavenger Hunt to find where and what has been tucked and crammed away in a variety of small spaces and places. Which includes, ALL of my art supplies, beads, findings, paint, yarn, rubber stamps, stencils, needle arts, sewing, fabric, and more. Happy to say we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (and good thing, because we are ~1 month away from "Realtor" Interview Day). Hisshou Dungeon Unei Houhou

NEXT UP...my comparison and perspective picture, of this same Lampwork area, in the here and now. I'm calling this my "Clean Slate" Move Preparation - which comes with a lot of aches and pains, some happy and sad moments, and lots of coffee, chocolate, and messy hair pony-tail days lol!