I am in Alto, NM setting up my new studio and thought I’d like to share with you some of the things I’m thinking about while setting it up.I ask myself some questions and then set it up from there.
First and foremost will I be teaching in my studio or elsewhere?
In this case I’ll be teaching in my studio. So I need to look at what my students will need. Since this is in the mountains, they will need a place to put their coats, boots (it snows here), purses, lunches, and tools. They will need a workspace.
How many students can my studio accommodate and how will I place/make working stations? Where will I sit to demonstrate?
I think I will set up my bench in front of the built-in counter top with drawers and have my students sit in front of me. I plan to put in a counter top along the right side of the room with flex shafts attached as polishing stations.
My studio doesn’t have heat, so I place this fake fireplace space heater in the room and I made a space next to it for hanging coats. In the future I will make some cubby holes for storage for purses etc.
What will I teach?
I will be teaching metal smithing and metal clay classes, so I need to look at storage for tools, books, chemicals, soldering stations, and a place for my kilns. I have a casting kiln and a PMC kiln both run on regular 110 current which is readily available. I need to store my chemicals in locked cabinets. One cabinet will be for flammables and the other for acids. I use acids for plating and etching. I also need to install a fire detector and next to the entry door a fire extinguisher placed at around 4’ off the ground for easy access. Nothing should ever block the fire extinguisher.
The soldering area will be in the far corner where I can open cross windows allowing for venting. Since I am renting this place I cannot install a vent system. This room has windows on three sides. If I need to vent for soldering or for the kilns, all I will need to do is open opposing windows, and place a small box fan on the window sill with it blowing outward.
For fire proofing, I will place some left over granite on top of the counter top. Solderite board works great too. I will attach some backer board or Hardie Board on the wall behind the soldering areas to fire-proof them.
That's my plan so far. As I set up, I will continue to think about these practical and safety concerns and adjust accordingly.