Saturday, January 23, 2010

My humble studio

I have seen loads of photos showing other potters' studios (makes me jealous), and I see that they are all in some respect or other, like the campus studios that I have been working in the last 3 years.  Now that I have graduated with my degree in Secondary Education/ Fine Arts/Art, I find myself having to come up with a home studio to work from.  So in today's entry you will find the start of my home studio, and the surroundings I will be working in.

Cherry and Calamansi Trees

Cherry, Calamansi, and Taro

Coconut, Local Hot Pepper Bushes

Local Cherry

Small Calamansi

My Studio

Notice the piece of petrified coral on the left... fun stuff to carve! Not!

Power tools and stone carving tools in file cabinets

Clay storage

Unfinished Projects

Gift from a Ceramics Instructor

Drying and Glazing Shelves


Cleaning Station

Clay Cutter
Great for getting clay from that 33 gal. trash can!

As you can see, I am now having to set aside wheelwork, until such time as I can find a wheel.  Time to explore slabwork for awhile.  I have found a place behind the Taro plant where I can dig a pit in the side of the hill and line it with rocks for pit firing - something else I will be exploring for the first time!  Wish me luck!


  1. What a beautiful landscaping surrounding your studio, loved the tour and that is an interesting cutter, can't quite figure out how it works. For the sink I notice you have two red plastic containers under, are those to catch the clay? I need to figure out some type of set up for my new studio and I surley don't want to put it down the drains.

  2. No, the two red containers are gas cans. I keep a five gal. bucket with water in it to rinse tools and hands. When the clay starts getting about halfway up the bucket, I scoop it out and dry it out some to reuse. You can wait till it gets deeper, then just carefully pour the water off. I know one potter who has a recycle bucket like that for each different clay she uses. It's a very simple but effective way to keep the clay out of your drains!