I want to be around other artists, but I don't think other artists
want to listen to me hammering all day.
I think you’re being very realistic. I had once considered a co-op
studio space. It was very serene for the painters, photographers,
flower arrangers and such. I couldn’t imagine the reaction I would
get if I were to start whacking away at something and shatter the
peaceful, Zen-like atmosphere.
I also discovered that I have little tolerance for hammering when
it’s not me who is doing it. Several years ago I took a couple
quarters of jewelry making at the local community college… just for
the camaraderie and cross-pollination it might bring. I found myself
becoming irritated by the din being raised by my fellow students, and
was surprised at myself for the reaction.
I inadvertently got 'em back though! I had brought in some deer
antler to cut up on a bandsaw in the shop. Because of the dust that
would be generated, I brought in my respirator mask. Even though I
was working in the far end of the space, I could sense some sort of
reaction from my classmates. After I was done I removed my respirator
and discovered the problem… it created an incredibly offensive odor
I couldn’t sense due to the respirator. I can only describe it as
imagining a dentist drilling teeth without any water. I sheepishly
apologized and felt about two feet tall.
All jewelers, sculptors, blacksmiths and such might work. A mixed
media space… I’m not so sure we’d be compatible.
All the best,
Charlotte, NC (USA)