New studio

Everything’s out of the truck (and kitchen) and into the basement studio.

Maudies studio at move in

Half of the stuff in the photo isn’t mine. The stained glass studio that has occupied the building (since 1995 if I recall correctly) is still in the process of clearing out. It’s made for a somewhat complicated moving situation, but the owners are very personable and we’re all fine with working around each others junk for the time being.

In the very back of the photo you can see a kiln against the wall. My electric kiln will probably sit in the same place, although I might like to put it in the sandblasting room on the left side of the photograph which has some ventilation (even though it isn’t to the outside of the building at this point). That would require moving the 220v outlet, however, and we can’t modify any part of the building in such a way that requires us — or a hired professional — to pull a permit or the city will require us to install sprinklers. I don’t think moving that outlet would require a permit, but I’m not certain. Sprinklers for this building would probably be in the neighborhood of $35,000 based on my previous research. I hope the white cabinet on the right side of the image is left with the building; it will make a nice glaze-crafting station.

My father bought the 19th century building — and will be living upstairs (where we’re temporarily dwelling as well) — for his antique shop.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

4 Responses to New studio

  1. balm says:

    exciting stuff!

  2. Tim J. says:

    Looks promising!

  3. pcNielsen says:

    It’s in a little better shape now, but still not useable. Once the former owners (still in the space, selling off their inventory) clear off the shelves I’ll be able to start working on art and craft again! Getting a little restless at not being able to.

  4. Pingback: Still transisting, craving clay « The Aesthetic Elevator

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