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.
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.
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.
In my fiber/finishing room I attach fiber to my ceramic sculptures, create jewelry, photograph my work, and pack orders for shipment.
In my ceramic room, I roll slabs of clay for wall hangings, slip-cast porcelain vases, and fire my work in my kiln.
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.
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.
Then I stop for a cup of coffee at Fuel Cafe in Walkers Point.
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.
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.