Living the Tadpole Stage

As some of you know, Glencliff Studio has moved down the road 18 miles to Dripping Springs, Texas. The home and studio are on several acres of lovely Texas Hill Country.  But, this move is taking a l-o-n-g time!

Moving day was a month ago and we are still winnowing two households’ worth of family memories. But, my studio has become an absolute emergency!  Frankly, every time I enter the building to find a tool or some supplies, I rush out and close the door behind me as fast as I can.

The beautiful studio that my husband and I completed in April 2012, just in time for our visitors on the first annual West Austin Studio Tour, was a jewel. I moved up into it from a garage that was hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and never, ever pleasing to look at. I enjoyed every bit of the two years I had in my first ‘indoor’ studio.

Glencliff Art Studio on 2013 West Austin Studio Tour

Walls of shelves

Now, our decision to move has turned me from this

Nina Miller's photographic portrait of Lynn Bridge in her mosaic studio in Austin, Texas

Studio headshot by Nina Miller

into this

Looking at the new studio

in just a month’s time!

In the latest transformation from ‘frog’ studio to ‘princess’ studio, I am clearly in the tadpole stage!

Here is a taste of the current Glencliff Art Studio organization and mood:

Looking toward the front porch.

Looking toward the front porch.

Lovely air conditioner wall.  Hey, I DO have an air-conditioner!

Lovely air conditioner wall. Hey, I DO have an air-conditioner!

View in from the front door

View in from the front door

Mom welcoming you to our shared space

Mom welcoming you to our shared space

Floor space?

Floor space?

No floor space?

No floor space?

The eventual pottery wheel corner

The eventual pottery wheel corner

Kitchen

There’s a kitchen in here somewhere…

Used to be a table, I think

Used to be a table, I think

You are perhaps used to seeing blog posts containing both the rough beginning and the sleek ending all-inclusive.  But, you aren’t getting that here.  No. Instead, I am delivering the truth about the slow and emotionally challenging struggle to go from gridlock to multi-functional beauty.  Stay tuned, possibly for a year, before we find the happy ending.

Meanwhile, here’s a piece of luck:  Bob was prepared to install a new circuit for my glass kiln, and to have it finished and ready to go by Monday, when I need to start firing.  He went down to the studio with ample supplies and tools.  Upon examining the covered outlet on the porch, he discovered that it is already the size we need for the kiln!  No work involved; already done!  Woo-hoooooo!

Kiln outlet

Kiln outlet

Happy kiln

Happy kiln

Beautiful September day here!

View across Mom's meadow

View across Mom’s meadow

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