Studio Snapshot – Bettina Welker

by Libby on March 24, 2008

Artist name:
Bettina Welker

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Location: Germany
Website & blog:
Beadworx
Other web links:
Flickr
Beadworx etsy
Trunkt

Do you have a dedicated studio/artistic space?
yes

Where is it located?
in the basement

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Is it a large or small space?
medium

What medium(s) do you work in? Do you have a separate area for each?
I work in Polymer Clay and often combine it with Sterling Silver. I don’t have separate areas yet. I had to set up my newer workspace very quickly and nothing is finished yet. Still a lot of storage room needed.

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What one word would you use to describe your studio?
chaos (most of the pics I sent were taken immediately after moving into the new studio – everything neat and tidy)

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What do you think is the best feature of your studio?
Nobody except me uses this room – it’s all mine – and it’s finally cat hair free

What would you change if you could?
I would buy some new closets, shelfs and tables if I could afford it. As I said it’s quickly put together, not really planned. I’m still thinking about reorganizing it.

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Describe the usual state of your work table?
Well, most of the time I first have to clean up the mess of the last creating session before I start to work. So things lying around everywhere is the usual state I’d say.

Does your work table face out into the room or toward the wall?
It faces the wall. That’s not how I want it to be. Before I moved to the basement my table faced the window and I had a nice view to the front lawn…no I’m in the basement and there is no daylight anymore. Actually I’m thinking about rearranging the room once more to have a table facing the room and not the wall

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What’s one drawback of your studio/artistic space?
No daylight

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Do you have an idea wall or inspiration board?
I had one in my old studio. but it’s still packed….

Do you listen to music in your studio? What kind?
oooh yes!… i-tunes is playing all the time for me. Mostly soul, jazz, blues – I’m not the top of the pops person.

Do you display your own work in your studio? Other artists’ work?
Unfortunately I have no room for that – but someday I will. Always wanted to have a little display cabinet…

If you’d like to see your studio featured in a future Studio Snapshot, email me through the contact page, and I’ll send you the interview questions.

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Dee Wilder March 24, 2008 at 9:11 am

I love this feature, Libby. It’s a wonderful idea. Bettina is sweet to kick it off. I am drawn to her photo set-up. Simple, versatile and ingenious–just like her artwork.

BTW, the new blog format is outstanding.

Libby March 24, 2008 at 9:16 am

Thanks Dee. Bettina’s photo set-up jumped out at me too. It obviously works well too. Her photos are excellent.

Kathi March 24, 2008 at 9:40 am

love the new format Libby. I always love getting peeks at others studios. Some day I will have something more then a table in the guest/music room. I wish I could move all my clay out to the glass studio building but without AC on in the summer the clay would bake 🙁

Karen March 24, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Hi Libby,
What a great first “Studio Snapshot”. How fascinating to read about and see photos of another artist’s space. My eye was also drawn to Bettina’s interesting photo setup. Thanks for sharing, Bettina and Libby!
-Karen

Bettina March 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Hey girls,
my Photo setup is a ready made suitcase that I bought at ebay germany. everything you need is in the suitcase and it’s easy to set up. It’s also easy to pack up and put it back to where it belongs but I don’t do that very often. Have to clean next week as I will have some claymates with me for two days;) We’ll need the room

Bettina April 28, 2008 at 10:51 am

a little addition to the workspace feature: I finally bought some display cabinets to show off my work. I put them into my office because the studio is in the basement and noone would ever see my stuff. If some of you want to have a look, just check my flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/beadworx/2442188797/

Bettina

Libby April 28, 2008 at 10:54 am

Great display Bettina! It looks like a jewelry boutique.

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