David and I have had our house on the market for awhile now and have just accepted an offer on the house. That means that we are now looking for a new “forever” home. One of our challenges has been finding a home that can accommodate our growing pottery habit. So, I have started a list and idea’s on what we would like to include in our new pottery studio. Feel free to weigh in on your idea’s and suggestions. We will be sharing progress on the new studio as we find it and dress it out.
Let there be Light
I always thought I had a bit of claustrophobia. So, I really enjoy being in a space that appears to open up to the outdoors. This space is particularly appealing, with all the plantings outside. If the building for our new pottery studio doesn’t have windows, we will have to make some.
We live in the South so it can be very hot and humid in the summertime. Even though we would rather be outside and have the studio open to the outdoors, it just isn’t practical. So, creating an environment that makes it feel like you are outdoors is the best way to be comfortable and productive.
I may not be the best potter in our studio, but I am the most practical. I enjoy spaces like this that are aesthetically lovely and also practical. Built in shelves below the windows also sport a nice countertop that you can use for almost anything. The surface is also easy to clean. The sections between the windows is nicely illuminated with simple lights and some beautiful, colorful artwork.
The tables in the center of the room are also very practical because they are low cost and can be moved around easily providing different spaces for different purposes. During a studio tour you could remove the center tables entirely or if you were having a class you could move them around to suit the planned class activities.
The tract lighting is also a superb idea for a multi-use space. You can raise or lower the lights or move them around to suit your needs. I really love this configuration.
This is Ruby Pilven‘s studio. She lives in Victoria Australia and creates beautiful, colorful, ceramic jewelry.
Drawing on her printmaking background, Ruby often marries her passion for printmaking and ceramics in her jewelry and ceramics work by creating layers of color and pattern. Her current series of works use the Japanese technique called Nerikomi, hand-building with colored clay.
I love her studio; it is open and airy, colorful and practical. The floors are simple concrete that can get dusty and dirty and it doesn’t matter. The equipment is practical and the room is tidy with easy accessibility to what you need to get the job done. The studio looks comfortable enough to relax in or work hard. You could also have several people working there at the same time without mashing elbows.