A couple of months ago, I was asked for a photo of me in my studio. I decided that instead of making it pristine, (which is so not me), I'd get it taken, "as is". So here I am. With my too many stringers, shorts (short glass rod pieces), bags of murrine, bits of glass, broken beads that I need to revisit, wire, miscellaneous tools plus other odds and ends. Yes, I gather it around me on my reused kitchen table from the 80's that is covered with a steel sheet. I want to be able to reach lots of options. And you might recognize my re-used cutlery container from the dishwasher. With its sections, I can sort some of my short rods and keep them together - plus move them if needed.
When I posted this photo on my Facebook page, a lot of the discussion was about my hood. I bought the metal hood from a former student who was getting out of lampworking. We added the two light tracks on the inside and had a switch wired in too. I can move the lights individually along the track and the flexibility of each lamp helps me aim the light in the direction needed. You don't see the two magnetic bars (screwed into the metal) which hold many of my steel tools. I love having my tweezers, pliers, shaping tools, hemostats and others visible and in easy reach.