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Welcome to the studio of Cindy Gimbrone and Studio Saturday!
I ran a blog series this week on inspiration, what inspires me and where I find it. It’s been a great week and the frosting on the cake is being back in my studio! With the cold temperatures and lack of insulation/heat in creative space, I’ve been frozen out for the past 3 months. I’m so happy to be back in my space and be warm!
Everything was in suspended animation for the past three months, sitting there exactly as I left it in December. I missed the studio! I’m so excited to be back, today I’ll take you on a tour of the studio workbench.
I start each session by laying out a couple of specific colored glass rods to work with. I chose pajama blue and dark brown based on a color palette derived from Miro’s Carnival of Harlequin. I knew I’d need my tweezers and shaping tools. I put them to the right side of the bench, since I’m right handed.
I always pull out black, white and clear rods to have handy. Black and white are great base colors and you always need some clear glass for something!
My workbench has sentimental value, it’s the first dining room table I ever owned. It was a gift from my father for my very first apartment. The chairs are long gone but I’ve held onto that table for many years. It’s able to perform it’s workbench function because it’s laminate top is protected by a layer of tin roof sheeting and a layer of flame resistant board. I use a marble tile as a marver and place to put hot glass.
Yesterday, I lit the torch and pulled some glass stringer for the new bead series I’m working on. It was a good way to get back into the swing of things. I also popped in a few test squares for the murrini I just bought.
It feels good to be back in my studio and melting glass. I’ve missed my own space and my husband has missed the coffee table in the family room that was its replacement!
Today’s question is, Have you returned to a creative pursuit after being forced to put it on hold for awhile? Could be because you were sick, were working or like me, frozen out of your studio.
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