Artist name: Susan Kaplan
Website: Kaplan Creations Jewelry
Blog: Kaplan Creations
My Space: Denali Beads
Do you have a dedicated studio/artistic space? Yes, I have a terrific space!
Where is it located? In a separate structure located behind my house.
Is it a large or small space? It is about as large as a standard bedroom, about 12′ by 14′
What medium(s) do you work in? Do you have a separate area for each? I work in glass (lampworking and fusing), PMC, polymer clay, and metals. I have a large area for all of the glasswork. The PMC, polymer, and metal work all share an area. Most of the time I’m working on glass pieces, so I’ve let those supplies spread out all over the place. I also have a separate area in the house where I work on designing jewelry and fabricating the finished pieces. In this area I have a worktable and lots of storage for beads and other items.
What one word would you use to describe your studio? Inspiring
What do you think is the best feature of your studio? large windows overlooking a wooded area
What would you change if you could? I would put in tanked oxygen instead of using an oxygen concentrator so I could work on boro glass.
Can you share an organizational tip? I frequently go to thrift shops and garage sales, and buy anything that might work as an organizer for my tools or supplies. For example, I found an old CD holder that I use to hold relatively small sheets of glass (organized by color); an old multi-drawer storage unit holds bits of dichroic glass (organized by color); desk drawer or eating utensil organizers hold polymer clay canes, and a variety of old glasses hold glass rods (organized by colors and length).
Describe the usual state of your work table? A cluttered mess consisting of bits of glass, pieces of clay, metal scraps, and other odds and ends.
Does your work table face out into the room or toward the wall? I have 3 work areas. The main area faces the windows and the view is gorgeous (especially in the winter).
What’s one drawback of your studio/artistic space? There is no running water. I get around this by keeping large water jugs of water inside. However, this is inconvenient, especially in the winter when the snow going out to the studio reaches about 12″ in depth.
Do you have any studio mascots (pets, mannequin whatever)? I have part of my turtle collection (glass, ceramic, stone, anything but real turtles) on the window ledge.
Do you have an idea wall or inspiration board? I have a place on the fireplace mantle where I keep some inspirational items. Most of these are things made by other artists, usually small glass sculptures and small blown glass vessels.
Do you listen to music in your studio? What kind? I have many CDs out in my studio, but almost always listen to Boston, Meatloaf, or Queen.
Do you display your own work in your studio? Other artists’ work? I display some of my own work, and some beads that I have purchased from other artists.
What’s one quirk or unusual feature of your studio? I have had moose come to visit (see picture of mom and baby moose).
What’s the best thing about working in my studio? Usually everyone leaves me alone!