Room for Five Thousand

If you haven’t visited the mosaic studio yet, here is a virtual tour through photos I took today as my mom and I worked in the room.

Organized sideThe organized side of the room- personal cubbies, supplies, and inspiration as a backdrop to buckets and improvised cutting shields.

room with no viewRoom with no view.  At one time, this was a toddler room and the window well had painted sky with clouds.  Paint peels, leaves drift in, trash builds up, and disgusting sights spill over the wall from above.  Other than constant clean-up, any ideas about how to improve the view?

Magnet and chalk boardPainted first with magnet paint, followed by coats of chalkboard paint, this wall is ready for anything.  We leave each other notes here by the door.

opening and closingPretty important instructions

mixing mortarHaven’t gotten to this stage yet, but we will soon.

safety firstSafety first.

You thought this was a restroomYou thought this was a toddler-sized restroom, but it’s really a tesserae-processing center.

Shard drying tableAfter cutting, shaking in a jar to remove sharp edges, and washing, the tesserae are dried on towels.

raw materials shelvesOne side of the closet holds raw materials waiting to be made into tesserae.

tesserae shelvesThe other side of the closet holds containers of tesserae ready to be used.

vacuumbroommopLet’s not forget the clean-up portion of the closet, the vacuumbroommop.

Inspiration from LaurelOh, yes, and there’s the wall of postcards from Laurel True’s projects in Haiti, definitely for inspiration.

still tidyOne more look at the organized wall, full of mosaic samples and needed supplies.

sticky matThis boring picture shows the all-important sticky mat just inside our door.  This is the kind of mat that gets used in a manufacturing clean room to remove dust and particles from shoe soles.  We step on this every time we leave the room, then peel off the top layer to reveal a fresh sticky surface at the end of each work day.  You see the toddler room door across the hall?  Yeah, we don’t want to leave glass shards in the hallway for those toddlers to find on Sunday morning.

So, that’s your tour.  Come on down and see us in real life.