When we first decided to make the move to a more rural setting, a jewelry studio was at the top of my list of "dream accessory buildings." At first we weren't going to build the small work space but then decided it would make great storage while waiting for the house to get done. So that is what my studio is right now...storage. I have managed to create a very small work space by turning a dresser into a workbench and leaving a small little walk way. It 'aint pretty but it works. The beauty of making jewelry is that a large work space isn't always needed. My 7 feet of dresser is highly efficient and just enough space for cutting, hammering, polishing and tumbling. The key to my dressers success is having 9 large drawers for storage. I hide all kinds of goodies in there. I'm not going to lie...I am very much looking forward to my studio no longer being a storage unit and being set up as a larger work area and store front, but until then, I'm happy to be back fabricating no matter what the current aesthetic is.
I am mostly self taught and develop many of my designs through simple experimentation. Discovering a new technique or applying an old technique in a new way is very exciting for me. I often have middle of the night "brain waves" and some not so brilliant, "brilliant ideas." It is what keeps the process fresh.