Making the Most of Your Polymer Clay Studio: No Matter Its Size

Fall in Love with your polymer clay studio, no matter the size. First in a series from The Blue Bottle Tree and Kater's Acres.

Katie Oskin, owner of Kater's Acres
Katie from Kater’s Acres

During the month of April, I’m collaborating with Katie from Kater’s Acres to bring you a series on Making the Most of Your Polymer Clay Studio. We’ll share our thoughts, each of us posting on alternate weeks, bringing a different subject to you every Thursday in April.

We’re starting off Week One with Katie’s exploration of the philosophy of loving your polymer clay studio no matter what its size. Large, dedicated studios, small basement studios, or even a tiny corner in the bedroom can still be your little place of creativity and inspiration.

Like many of you, I started off working on the kitchen table with my kids around me. As my interest in polymer clay grew and my children got older, I set up a dedicated table in the dining room. I had shelves on the walls and I no longer had to put everything away when it was time to cook dinner or help the kids with homework. After I got married, my husband turned the dining room into his office and my claying table was moved to the bedroom. It wasn’t until my first child left home that I was able to have a dedicated room for my polymer clay studio.

No matter what the size of my studio or workspace, I never let that get in the way of creating what I wanted. Even when my studio consisted of a plastic tote, some tools in a pouch, and the kitchen table during the afternoon, I still found a way to lose myself in the act of creating. You, too, can find peace and joy in creating no matter how big or how complex your work area is.

Read Katie’s thoughts about loving your polymer clay studio, no matter the size. And check back here next week when I’ll explore another aspect of Making the Most of Your Polymer Clay Studio.

9 thoughts on “Making the Most of Your Polymer Clay Studio: No Matter Its Size”

  1. I work with a tiny space in the corner of my bedroom. I often drool over others who have nice area set aside for crafting. But I love sitting at my little space a create what I think are masterpieces. My creativity is still endless.

    1. Michelle C Yarrawonga, Australia

      It will happen Renee. I started out just where you are now but time & circumstances always bring change & hopefully you’re dreams will be fulfilled. It’s the creativity within that’s most important.

  2. Michelle. C Yarrawonga Australia

    I was fortunate when I purchased the 2 bedroom open-plan unit I’m living in. From the start I called it my studio, not my home. During construction I had a 3 meter plus work bench with additional under-bench storage & full height single cupboard at the end. At the time when I moved in I was jewellery making. Move forward to now & I have another work area for polymer clay set-up in what would traditionally been the dining room. The 2nd bedroom is a storage room, full of cupboards storing all my art & craft items I’m not currently using. Never know when you might need something, I’ve found many items are multi-purposed & can be used in a number of crafts. Even the garage has become part of the studio, with no car to garage only a mobility scooter, why waste the space.

    I know I’m very fortunate to be able to do what I have. But there is only myself & my little Chihuahua Ruby living in a completely new country town. I have a bedroom, bathroom, laundry, kitchen, small TV area that I set aside but the rest of the unit, both inside & out, is dedicated to art & craft. MnR’s Studio Home!

    1. Wow, Michelle, it sounds like you have a little piece of paradise right there! Ruby’s lucky to have such a great place to hang out 😉 too!

      1. Michelle C Yarrawonga, Australia

        Thanks Ginger. And thanks also for all the wonderful things you provide. I love opening my email & seeing a notice from the Blue Bottle Tree. I was at an Arts & Crafts market in my town the other week & I got talking to the only Polymer Clay artist there. I told her of your site, as she wasn’t aware of any PC sites except the one she normally gets her supplies from. So I do hope she took the time to look you up. I told her she wouldn’t be disappointed. Thanks again, Michelle & Ruby…….aka- MnR

  3. Hey Ginger! I can’t WAIT to see what this month holds in store for us & our readers. I love working with you, you are so wonderful. Have a blessed day & Happy Claying!

  4. Loving this series. My studio is wherever I can wheel my cart and get some decent lighting. I invested in a small cart on wheels from Ikea allowing me to unpack the essentials and work out of the drawers. And when it’s time to clean up I simply stack the cart and wheel it back into its corner. Perhaps one day I’ll have an awesome dedicated studio, but for now I just love my wheels. 🙂

    1. I think the wheeled cart concept is great for people with a studio, too. In fact I’m thinking of doing it myself. It’s just so convenient to have those things mobile!

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