The chosen space for a pottery studio
Plan twice and move once
(Photo credit:Rustic farm view in South Africa by photographer Koos Badenhorst)
Assess the space and resources available to you
The single room studio
Consider how the setup will affect your light and water resources? Physical separations may force you to reroute light sources while you may have to drill through walls to get the water supply to the right place.
Basements and rented studios
The old barn and shed
Control over weather conditions may be a problem. These kinds of workspaces are often times not well insulated against cold or heat and many times it may not even have a proper floor. Potters need to think how much they are willing to sacrifice in order to be happy and productive. They can however, start out fairly cheap, become successful with good overall management and end up with the better of two worlds; working in a rustic environment, while they have all their needs met.
There may not be enough electricity for light sources and an outlet to get a kiln installed may be costly. A garage studio is also mostly a one-room studio, which means that the kiln planning discussed above will also apply. Sometimes a garage studio must share room with a vehicle at night. That means that there is a possible hazard, due to the fact that gasoline fumes may cause a fire in the presence of a kiln that is fuming hot. In any event, a garage needs to be well ventilated if that will become a potter’s studio.
The multi- room studio
To make the best of such a building, is just as important to plan their spaces as it is to plan a single room studio. As I indicated in the first article about Starting a pottery studio, it is possible that energy may get wasted in a too large space.
In a future blog I will start talking about the clay process. We will take each layer of the process separately and discuss ideal tools and equipment and how it fit into my ideal studio plan.