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Recently some new studio’s have opened up at an old ceramics factory site within Stoke-on-Trent, which is great for building up the cities artist community that is currently expanding (exciting!). I am very happy with the studio I have now, the rent is so cheap I don’t think I could find a studio cheaper anywhere else; apart from the possibility of the attic at home,  which needs a lot of work to make it usable. However I think it’s useful to have my studio away from home, so I have somewhere to commute to and get into the right frame of mind to begin making artwork. There are so many distractions at home that compete for my attention.

I find that I am still in the ‘settling in’ frame of mind, as I’ve moved the furniture around in the room quite a few times now. I just need to find the layout that works for me, and I think I’m almost there. I’m currently obsessively looking through images of other artists studios on Pinterest, to gain inspiration for my own as well as to admire and envy their spaces!

Here is a panoramic photo of my new studio. It’s a difficult room to photograph, with high ceilings and with it being quite small – although not too small! I took this photograph stood behind my work desk, that you can’t see in the image. The windows are great, a lot of natural light gets into the studio day round, and when it’s sunny the sun shines directly into the room from early afternoon onwards which is lovely.

I plan on installing some shelving to create a bookcase within the small alcove area behind the door, it’s currently space that I can’t really use and I feel that this is the best way to make the most of the features of the studio! I have a lot of books that need shelves, and this may be finally the place I can keep them all!