Milwaukee-based artist Janelle Gramling is what you might call cross-disciplinary. Across her career as a maker, she has created works ranging from garments and fiber art to ceramics and sculpture, sometimes combining multiple techniques at once. From the studio that she shares with her husband, Gramling crafts a wide array of objects and home goods—wall hangings, shelves, ceramic vessels, dishes, and jewelry. Such a multifaceted practice requires a multifaceted workspace—and usually a multifaceted life. To give us a little peek inside her process, Janelle was kind enough to share a day in her life with us. Take a look below!

My day starts at about 6:30 in the morning. I wake my kids up and we all have breakfast as a family at our dining room table.

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

After the kids are off to school, I head straight to the studio. My studio is in an old industrial building in my neighborhood, just 3 blocks away from my home in the Clarke Square neighborhood of Milwaukee.

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

My husband, Matthew, has a woodworking shop in the same space. Together, we share about 3,000 square feet of studio space broken up into three rooms.

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

In my fiber/finishing room I attach fiber to my ceramic sculptures, create jewelry, photograph my work, and pack orders for shipment.

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

In my ceramic room, I roll slabs of clay for wall hangings, slip-cast porcelain vases, and fire my work in my kiln.

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

My assistant, Kota, helps me with production. I take breaks during my work day to sit with Matthew and chat about our work. Sometimes Matthew and I collaborate on work together.

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

In the afternoon, I run errands. I buy my yarn from local yarn shop Wild Haven Fiber Company. They carry a great selection of organic and environmentally sustainable yarns made in the USA.

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

Then I stop for a cup of coffee at Fuel Cafe in Walkers Point.

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

At 3:00, I pick up my kids from school and we go home for a snack. We cook dinner at home most days, and we love to make soups from scratch.

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

After dinner I meet up with friends at Var Gallery and Bar. They host events like gallery openings and poetry readings every week, so it’s a great place to meet other local artists. I like to go sketch on “Drink and Draw” nights.

west elm - A Day In The Life of Artist Janelle Gramling

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