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#1 DPancioli

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:12 AM

How much studio time can you fit into your life and still take care of household chores, gardens, family, etc.


I have to PLAN to reserve a block of studio time, because I am still teaching, while also caring for a house (solo),
tending a few tomato plants, cooking for friends occasionally, visiting grandchildren, etc. I was wondering how much
time you manage to get into your studio to work--daily? weekly? monthly?




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#2 Chris Campbell

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:47 AM

One of the biggest shocks of full time pottery for me was how hard it is to block out time to get into the studio.
I spent all of the past two weeks there and now I will pay for it by having to spend the next week catching up on all the undone things ... the bottom of my computer screen is a rainbow of post it notes on deadlines and things to do. My desktop is littered with notes, reminders and to do lists.
AND ... that is just for my business ... not my groceries, laundry, bills, appointments, errands.
When planning a pottery production schedule don't underestimate time needed. Think you can make "X" amount of work a day every day? Nuh Uh :(

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:58 PM

I have four kids (three still at home), my husband is a full-time farmer and we have livestock, and I am a full-time college student. I manage about three or four days of four to six hours each of studio time each week. My house is messy, though. :)

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:49 AM

I have four kids (three still at home), my husband is a full-time farmer and we have livestock, and I am a full-time college student. I manage about three or four days of four to six hours each of studio time each week. My house is messy, though. :)


Hi, Sawing...

Please please please tell us HOW you do all that? I only have TWO kids, work less than full time, husband also works not quite full time (not quite by choice), and I only occasionally manage 2 days
a week of 2 hours... for which I have to pay dearly by falling critically behind in something else...].
(Nevertheless it brings me joy)



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Posted 14 August 2012 - 08:52 AM

I am in my studio between 28 and 40 hours a week, but I don't work or have any grand children. Once my garden dies off I will probably be working the full 40 until next spring, I have a great husband who likes to cook and will help me clean when necessary and encourages me to spend a lot of time in my studio. He thinks that I'm turning into a hermit and wants me to get out more while he is at work. I'll think about it next year. Denice

#6 Chris Campbell

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 11:02 AM

"He thinks that I'm turning into a hermit and wants me to get out more while he is at work. I'll think about it next year." Denice

:):D:)
I hear the same thing, but why go out when being in the studio is so much more fun?

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 07:57 PM


I have four kids (three still at home), my husband is a full-time farmer and we have livestock, and I am a full-time college student. I manage about three or four days of four to six hours each of studio time each week. My house is messy, though. :)


Hi, Sawing...

Please please please tell us HOW you do all that? I only have TWO kids, work less than full time, husband also works not quite full time (not quite by choice), and I only occasionally manage 2 days
a week of 2 hours... for which I have to pay dearly by falling critically behind in something else...].
(Nevertheless it brings me joy)



-Lily



I cheat! lol It's summer, so I am not currently in class, and my "studio" is in my basement. :) Also, my husband loves how happy this makes me, so he is fully supportive.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:35 PM

What a good question. It seems that everyone who has responded has a different set of priorities. Normal. To be expected. I have been a busy mum, tended a household, taught full-time. Now, I'm a widow. Retired from teaching. I budget carefully for a cleaner, and a yard-guy. I spend 4-5 hours daily in the studio. Sometimes longer. From end of May to mid-October I'm at the local farmer's market for an 8-hour day, once a week. Servicing this commitment with orders and fresh work takes up the week. Nobody else takes care of business except me. I am content and pleased with the way my work flow, marketing, acceptance into juried shows has gone the past few years, and I'm happy to have help in the house and garden.
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