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Studio Tour

Judy Shreve suggested that we blogger friends post tours of our studios.  Since I had just cleaned mine in order to show some pottery to a client (I don't have a gallery built just yet but stay tuned) I thought this was a great idea.  If my studio was a mess I wouldn't think it was a good idea at all.  However, when I was designing my studio I was desperately looking for something like this so here it is for anyone that is interested.  I hope you enjoy the tour.
Outside of the Studio

This is the kiln, it's an old Crusader that I purchased used.  It can fire to cone 10 when the ladder isn't so close to it.  I do most of my glaze firing at Mudfire where I teach so this never has to go that high.  You can see the ware shelves next to the kiln.
That's enough of the kiln room, it's still a mess since it's used to store my show set up and some garden tools.  Dennis Allen is braver than I am for showing his storage.

This is the wedging table I built, I store some open bags of clay under it.  Notice the scale above.  I just love how little space that corner shelf uses.

From the wedging table we'll go to the wheel.  This is a Skutt, Thomas Stuart Classic and I love it.  The stool was a birthday gift from my sweetie, it's a Shimpo with adjustable legs.  It's very comfortable and saves my back.  I built the work tables around the wheel to keep things within easy reach, this is a huge time saver.  The wheel is situated in front of a large window where I can watch the birds and the dogs and the plants.  It's very peaceful.
Once the pots are dry enough they get trimmed on this old kick wheel.  I love the quiet of trimming on this wheel.
If the pots need handles or any alteration they usually come over to this work table.  It's also where I roll out slabs.  I use a rolling pin, not a slab roller.  Some of my clay gets stored under this table for easy access.  It also makes a nice surface for showing a small amount of pottery if anyone comes to the studio (by appointment only due to the mess).
I use these wire shelves for drying pots, I also have wire shelves in the kiln room.  I find it's important to have plenty of room for pieces to dry safely.  It's also right next to the trimming wheel so pieces can be placed on the shelves easily after trimming.

This is an autographed poster of Elisa Helland-Hansen's artist statement titled "Song From My Pot" that she gave to each of her students after the workshop at Penland.
Several other blogger friends have posted images of their studios, they are really fun.  Check them out:
Tracey Broome, Linda Star, Dennis Allen.

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery


  1. Great studio space -- really organized! Love the kick wheel. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for the tour. What mess?

  3. Lori your studio is amazing especially since you built it yourself, thanks for the link.

  4. Your studio construction was the inspiration for mine, I found your blog while googling studio constructions and found yours. Wish I had seen all of the tours of the insides before I did mine, lots of good ideas in them! This has been great fun to see, hope more people do this!!

  5. Thanks for the nice comments.
    I do hope more people do this, it seems lots of us like doing the virtual tour.
    Send me your link if you do a tour.

  6. Thanks for the tour. I never got to see your studio just your home. Good luck my dear friend and you do such great work.

  7. Sweet set-up. I especially like the big window, which we didn't see, but since we have one in front of John's wheel, I could imagine. Why do you use two wheels for trimming?

  8. Hi Dianne, I use the electric for throwing and the kickwheel for trimming as a convenience. I keep the giffen grip installed on it all of the time and my trimming tools are all right there. It's also nice around midday because the sun from the skylight shines onto the kick wheel.
    Ellie & Gary - Thank you.


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