I'm fortunate to have a little studio that is mine where I can work. Little is 10x12 feet, so REAALLY little as far as an art making place. But its mine and I don't pay rent on it so, no complaints. For the majority of the work that I do, the cards and collages- It's perfectly adequate. But for larger sculptures, I have to accommodate the space, which means building larger pieces in sections and then figuring out how to securely connect them together for display. I spent the whole day yesterday, re-engineering the hanging system for a piece that was headed to a show. I felt like I was playing Twister in my studio, practically doing headstands to be able to see small connections while the piece was laid out on the floor. I thought about the artists whose studios I had seen photos of- Robert Motherwell, Anselm Keifer, Joan Mitchell. Those huge warehouses and loft studios, where they painted huge canvases. Must be nice! But what I've often thought with my work is that the problem solving that is required to construct and display artwork is something that I enjoy. I don't think I'm very good at it though. Yesterday, I had to eventually say- "good enough" and got the piece into a borrowed car to drive it a mercifully brief one mile to the gallery. Unlike when I was making pottery and would perfect a technique through trial and error and then endless repetition, the sculptures I do now are often invented to express an idea and I have to create techniques that I may never use again. It is constant problem solving. I am recognizing that my accumulated knowledge of simple constructing and building techniques is my saving grace. A book binding technique or a paper folding structure might just be the answer that I need. All of the gifts of a middle school art teacher bear fruit!