Canal side studio tales

Finally I have moved in to my new canal side studio, which will be fantastic, and I hope to share my adventures with you. It’s so much bigger than the kitchen table !

First I need to set it up and unpack, there are so many things I want to do in my studio, kiln fired art- fused glass, hand painted porcelain, ceramics, jewellery making, I’d love to paint watercolours again, and maybe even do some textiles. Also I’ll need a bit of office space for computer and printer, all my books……… mini reference library . I’d like to have a bit of a showroom space as well for when I have open studios, and somewhere for a table for when I’m teaching.

Well the room isn’t a tardis so my set up will have to be flexible.

This is the studio room, it has a utility off it with some good cupboard space, and there’s the covered garage area for doing glass cutting and soldering.

I’ll let you know how the unpacking goes next week……… if……… BT get the internet connected.




I have a fridge and a kettle so those of you who are planning on visiting, it’s sorted once I get the biccies in.

I’m looking forward to friends popping round for a cuppa and a chat, and hopefully meeting new visitors at workshops and open days in the near future. I’ve such a lot of ideas going on in my head just now :-))



It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day…………and I’m feeling good!

Monday 8th August 2011

Last night was the first night in our new house, although content I didn’t sleep soundly as I felt I was in a hotel. A new bed, different orientation,  and crisp new sheets take little bit of getting settling in before they feel like your own .

I woke up at 6am with the sun shining through a chink left in the curtains, peering through half closed eyes revealed the canal, looking calm, not a ripple to be seen, a metaphor for how I was feeling ; quietly calm, but excited about what new experiences are in store with this new adventure living by the canal.

I have the house reasonably habitable and although I should be cleaning windows and washing paintwork all I can think about is unpacking my studio. I need a routine for my new lifestyle so I’m going to ‘out  to work’ downstairs in the studio at 10am on the dot, LOL. One of the things I love about being self employed is not having a rigid routine so we’ll see if I stick to that intention.

Ooh as I’m typing this I can hear ducks quacking and the gentle hum of a narrow boat engine, and there it goes past the window. Will I ever get anything done I wonder.

Before I go off to work I thought I’d tell you why I take on these new adventures. I’m no Bear Grylls, my sense of adventure is quite sedate;  but when I got to 50 I decided I had to live my dreams, I hadn’t fully immersed myself into life as a designer maker, I was merely playing at it, and far too willing to get side tracked. Now my day is totally preoccupied with my work in one way or another, I live, sleep, eat and breathe life as a designer maker, I know who I am, I’ve never felt so complete. ‘I make therefore I am’.

These little adventures of mine stimulate mind and work , both directly and indirectly, who knows what doors will open on this new adventure, I’m ready for what’s in store with this new journey.

And so the day begins……………

It’s 8.20am, breakfast time on the canal, I wondered why there was so much commotion going on, ducks quacking. Someone is giving them their breakfast, there’s a family of swans with 8 cygnets and quite a variety of ducks. I’m wondering if the smell of bacon cooking will start wafting up from the moored narrow boats, I hope not, who can resist the smell of bacon? Muesli may become duck food in that instance.

Got any stale bread?











Unpacking and finding treasure

I brought a lot of boxes out of storage at the weekend and spent most of yesterday unpacking. i have been really looking forward to this moment, being reunited with my tools and treasures.




Of course this was a much slower job that it could have been as I kept finding boxes of treaures, half started things that I’d forgotten about.

Aluminium cuffs needing finishing off






Lampwork beads needing annealing, hopefully I’ll do those today 🙂




Boxes of porcelain lustreware, that reminds me I need to stock take and see what I have for next weekend’s fair.Eventually I got the place looking ship shape, it didn’t stay like this for very long though.

I found my porcelain cabochons and zentangle decals so I was able to fulfill and order for an Etsy customer, and I finally got some freeform dichroic glass pendants made for Nicola at Area One.

It was a good feeling getting back to work, I get withdrawal symptoms  when I haven’t made something for a few days.

It’s wonderful working by the open door, chatting with passers by and waving at boats, as I’m typing I can hear the gentle murmur of a narrow boat, that beautiful sound of gurgling water, then came the sound of strange accents, laughter and ducks quacking.

I never thought I’d ever say I was woken up early by ducks quacking, but I was this morning LOL!

So to round off an interesting day we had a walk along the tow path, enjoying the last rays of late summer evening sunshine. I’m off to make some coffee but I’ll post some pictures and tell you about the swans when I come back.

Here’s some pictures of Skipton, Venice of the north. I would have walked further but the swans weren’t going to let us past without a fight.
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4 Responses to Canal side studio tales

  1. Jolene says:

    I’m so jealous! It’s going to be an amazing studio

    • jille says:

      It’s going to be a lot of fun Jo , but will I get any work done for watching the canal goings on? Narrowboats, ducks,swans and cygnets have stopped work already! haha

  2. laney says:

    Oh wow!! a friend of mine, a long time ago, had a studio by the canal in Bromsgrove, when we were both painters, I used to love going to sit outside with the ducks and watch the narrowboats go past, obviously drawing at the same time! *whistles*

    • jille says:

      Hi Laney,that’s the danger, maybe I’ll have to paint ducks, or maybe ‘castles and roses’ and sell them to the narrow boat folk

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