Glass in the Garage

Small spaces require lot of organization.
Small spaces require a lot of organization.

I’ve been so fortunate that I have always had a dedicated space for working with glass. Living in Hawaii, that’s more of an issue than one might think. For nearly two decades, that space has been our garage / studio.

We still park one car in the garage. That is mostly due to a dear neighbor who helped me maximize my work area while keeping it flexible and safe (he used to work for OSHA). My first big project, a church window, was composed of 6 panels measuring 6′ x 3′.¬† The project put my work area through its paces and it preformed admirably well.

Though it’s not the biggest space, having my studio right in the garage has allowed me to work whenever time allowed or inspiration struck. When our children were young, they could hang out with me (at a safe distance) and I could be part of their neighborhood gallivants. When they got older, they both spent time in the garage / studio as artists in their own right either painting, working with glass or any other medium that appealed.

View of the Ko'olau mountains from my studio.
View of the Ko’olau mountains from my studio.

In Hawaii, the garage is often the main point of entry into someone’s home. Having my studio there means that neighbors often stop by to see what I’m doing or just to chat. Several of my neighbors are also artists and the openness of the garage / studio gives our neighborhood an artist’s colony feel that adds to my art.

Some days it feels very small and hectic but usually a thorough putting-away-of-things moment restores the equilibrium that my garage / studio gives me. I love working here and my family always knows where to find me.

Working with glass is my passion.  It grows deeper with each new project, success and unintended opportunity:)
Working with glass is my passion. It grows deeper with each new project, success and unintended opportunity:)