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The Art Studio

February, 2015 · By Peter DeLucchi

Three years ago, we left San Francisco to embark on a journey of ‘finding more space’. Our goal was to find a space where I could have an art studio and my now wife, then girlfriend could have a home office. We didn’t have to look long before we had our eyes set on the Cotton Mill Studios. The CMS is an old cotton mill built in the late 1800’s.  When I was a kid, this building was a self serve storage facility.  Almost ten years ago, the CMS was converted into work/live lofts.

We fell in love with the Cotton Mill immediately, and it wasn’t long before we were moving in. Our space is a large open area with about a third of it lofted. Upon moving in, the empty concrete floors were a thrill to fill with our ideas of home and business.

First, I needed to build a partial height wall to serve as a perimeter for the studio and workshop. I set off to find salvage wood, and found most of it close by in Oakland, and the fir for the front facing wall I removed from and old feed and grain mill in Petaluma that was being demolished. We love the warm look of the old wood and it separates our space nicely while utilizing a style matching the existing materials and mood of the Cotton Mill.

Peter DeLucchi Half Wall Project
Salvage wood from an old feed and grain mill in Petaluma repurposed to serve as a partial height wall between my art studio and the rest of our suite.

Peter DeLucchi Half Wall Project
Connecting the stud wall to the footprint floated on top of the concrete floor. Two large workbenches now stand on top of the wood surface.

Peter DeLucchi Half Wall Project
Hanging the beautiful old tongue and groove douglas fir.

Peter DeLucchi Half Wall Project
A double door creates a six foot wide opening to move large equipment, artwork, and allow extra light to enter the rest of the space as well.

Peter DeLucchi Half Wall Project
The douglas fir panels were buffed with beeswax and orange oil for a classic, minimal finish.

Peter DeLucchi Art Studio photo by Josj LaCunha
Our cozy reading and living room area. Photo By Josh LaCunha.

Tables and Metal Work

February, 2015 · By Peter DeLucchi

Since moving to the East Bay, we have had the opportunity to meet and make many new friends.

Our building has a unique environment, many of the tenants know each other and maintain a good level of comradery and friendship.  Also, this being a work-first building there are many artists and creative folks here. One of these people that I have gotten to know over the last three years is my friend Jeff Ritter.  Jeff has been a painter, metal worker, and mixed media artist for most his life.  We instantly became friends with our similar tastes in art and thoughts on what art should and can be.  We definitely disagree on these topics as well!  And, that makes for a good creative process.

For many years now, I have had the desire to learn and include metal work into both my artwork and tool box of skills.  With Jeff and his full metal shop where he now lives, that opportunity has presented itself.  For quite awhile we would talk about collaborating on metal projects.  Then, this idea finally took shape through his mentoring and teaching of metal skills.  I am forever grateful for this exposure and experience.  The first projects were small sculptures and objects, and now the work has blossomed to its present state. At the moment we have embarked on the production of a series of steel tables, and I love where it is going. Fun, organic shapes for the tops and legs with the look of animation and life.  These sturdy (mostly smaller) tables demonstrate functional art and have a sense of life and spirit within them.  I am very excited and inspired to see where this will take us. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Lighting bolt table legs with a hair-pin state of presence. Torched, bent, and welded
Finding the angle. #steel
Some of my new steel display easels.