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sharing studio space

updated sat 13 aug 05


L. P. Skeen on sun 26 may 02

Hey guys,

I have seen several posts recently from people who want to rent studio =
space or have space to rent to others. I just want to say, especially =
to those who want to rent TO others, you need to be really careful about =
who you rent to. (Yes I know that was gramatically incorrect). =20

SCREEN APPLICANTS CAREFULLY!!!!!!!! Think about what you want in a =
studio mate and what you're willing to put up with in terms of mess, =
behaviours, and giving up (sharing) what is yours. Have a written =
contract that spells out in detail what your new pal gets in return for =
the rent check, and what you get from their being there. Believe me =
when I tell you, there are psychos out there and you canNOT afford to =
have their negative energy in your space no matter how much you THINK =
you like 'em. I will share my rental agreement w/ you if you'd like a =
copy via email.


L. P. Skeen
Living Tree Studios, Summerfield, NC
"Just because nobody understands you does NOT mean that you are an =
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Cindy Gatto on sun 26 may 02

I would really like a copy of your rental agreement, if you do not mind.
Thanks: Mark

Lorraine Pierce on mon 27 may 02

Hi Lisa, having already met a few of the people you refer to I would love to
read your contract pertaining to sharing ones studio. This time around I
want to be fully prepared and in the driver's seat in my shared studio. I
have already cut my teeth and it has been an eye opener. Lori Pierce in N.
Port Richey, Fl.

Mike Gordon on fri 12 aug 05

Sue wrote,

Can anyone suggest ways to cover my costs in this sort of situation
without it becoming too cumbersome?

My personal feelings are don't do it. I refuse to share my studio with
anybody. I don't fire anybodies work either unless they are very
reliable as potters or sculptors. Then only rarely. If your studio is
large and you don't mind company / distraction then be very specific
where they are allowed to work, share firing costs, etc. Be specific so
there is no misunderstandings. Good Luck, Mike Gordon