WTF? or The ROI of Open Studio Time

Iris’ classes are consitently our most popular — and for good reason! Iris makes all jewelry-making techniques very approachable, and students who take one of her classes instantly become fans of her workshops. So, it is no surprise that Iris was one of the first of our instructors to jump on the Create Space bandwagon. We’re so glad she did! Thank you, Iris, for your time, patience, and kind words about our Create Space hot & cold studios. See you soon!

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Forging into new territory? Read the story of how one student benefitted by registering for Open Studio time at Create Space, Blue Door Beads, Oakland California.

Today we started an experiment. I work as an independent contractor at a really cool bead-store-cum-art-space in Oakland, California which is located in the East Bay of San Francisco. As an independent contractor, I pack up all the tools, materials, equipment and handouts for a particular workshop, drive down from the North Bay, arrive at Blue Door Beads, teach my metals workshops (, go home, unpack, reorder, restock and get paid for it.

The problem is, many of my metal-smithing students need time to acquire their tools and practice their skills. We’ve had many requests about offering a supervised open studio space at the shop, where they can practice until they are comfortable enough to work alone. I live too far away (bridges, traffic…

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