”  Being an artist is simply someone who likes to create.” By that definition I am definitely an artist. As long as I can create things, paint, do ceramics, or even take photos, I am ecstatic!

If popular opinion is anything to go by, the creative sector is a huge gamble, braved only by reckless, or masochistic, individuals. A challenge has never scared me or stopped me from doing anything so it is with an open mind that I step into the art world.

The main reason I bought a two bedroom place was to transform the one bedroom into an art studio for me. Create a space where I would want to make art and be creative.  a part of your life and your self-care practice, you can find a space for it. 

The main reason I wanted my studio in my home is so that I would have the freedom of just being able to walk into the next room in my pajamas at whatever time of day or night – and do so art.

My first purchase was a table for my studio! A very sturdy table on which I would be able to work with clay without it moving. I admit the table I bought is a bit big. Even the delivery guys had trouble getting it into my little flat and broke the neighbours window in the process. I got to meet my neighbours that evening and apologise for the broken window. Probably not the best way to meet your new neighbours.

I like things to be neat and tidy and after making a couple of pottery bowls, which had to stand around on the ground I went and invested in some shelves. A friend also supplied me with some metal shelves that I cut to fit onto my huge table and it is here that I now store my paint.

I have an old singer table from my grandmother, which I painted an old white. This is the table I use as my work station while teaching English and is also in my studio. I have painted one wall with chalkboard paint and it is here that I do my planning for my ceramic bowls.

I have tried not to eat or drink in my studio, but have been guilty of breaking my own rules by drinking water or tea in my studio. And I have decided that eating popcorn while painting does not count as eating, as popcorn does nor count as food.

As I work from home, I am trying to create a separate “work” and “living” space in my flat otherwise it sometimes feels like I never leave work. I now also have a rule that I am not allowed to spend the whole day in my studio, I have to go outside at least once!

If I don’t take care I might just turn into a hermit….