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Jan 08

Cold winter – warm work space

New year, new work space. It all started with me wanting a square table to take photos on. Our living room table is round which makes photographing tricky as my lights don’t quite fit on it – one leg of the stand is always sticking out. So I thought a better table would be a small and square one which accommodates the tent. I would just buy other extendable legs for the lights so they can stand on the floor. I searched on the net and the only tables I could find were camping tables I didn’t like the look of. I haven’t been working at my bench for the last two months as it is simply too cold and this is not the best condition for clay work, so I decided the new table should not only have to be usable for my photography but I wanted one I can clamp my pasta machine on. Long story short – after searching and two trips to Ikea we settled on this table.I say we, because my husband bought it for me in just time for Christmas.

Lots of space on this is new table - copyright Helen White

Lots of space on this is new table – copyright Helen White

It’s fab – you can store it away neatly (though it’s heavy and you need someone else to help you carrying it to the space you want it to stand), you can have both sides up or just one and in the middle it has six drawers – three on each side. It wasn’t difficult to assemble – only the drawers took a while.

As you can see my laptop sits on the table (good when I watch tutorials) and it has plenty of space for my  tools and the  bits and bobs I need for projects I am working on. The room is normally for guests and was supposed to be the nursery.

Boxes of clay - copyright Helen White

Boxes of clay – copyright Helen White

Now I use it for my clay and bead work until the weather is warm enough again. When it’s too hot in the conservatory in the summer I can move back upstairs too – nothing worse for clay than hot temperatures.

Lots of tools for my clay work - copyright Helen White

Lots of tools for my clay work – copyright Helen White

I don’t only design and create my jewellery here, I also do my admin here and I also have a yoga mat so I can do my yoga in this room. And when I want to read, I use the chair – originally bought for my hypnotherapy business.

My comfy chair, note the framed Aam Hills flyer, and yes I framed it because he signed it. - copyright Helen White

My comfy chair, note the framed Aam Hills flyer, and yes I framed it because he signed it. – copyright Helen White

I also have my radio here and a cd player, so if I get bored with BBC6 I can put on my favourite cds.

Of course I need music when I work - either I listen to my cds or BBC6 - copyright Helen White

Of course I need music when I work – either I listen to my cds or BBC6 – copyright Helen White

I even have a basket for our Bobby close to the radiator as she loves it warm (don’t they all?) –as you can see she doesn’t use it as intended. She uses the basket in the living room though. I think she just has to get used to my new work space as much as I have to.

Bobby next to her basket intead of being in it - copyright Helen White

Bobby next to her basket intead of being in it – copyright Helen White

What’s great is that it’s not only warmer here – I don’t have people staring at me like I am some sort of exhibit!

I can’t wait to get back to my clay work.

Below you can find a new Kaleidoscope cane I have been working on last year, the long one, behind it, is still not finished.

Kaleidoscope cane I have been working on - copyright Helen White

Kaleidoscope cane I have been working on – copyright Helen White

Thanks for reading.

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Helen White

I am a bilingual journalist, jewellery designer, tutor, and translator – and I am passionate about cats.

Helen White – who has written posts on Helen's Paws for Thought.


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Helen White

I am a bilingual journalist, jewellery designer, tutor, and translator - and I am passionate about cats.

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