Below is a quick video tour of my newly updated ceramics studio, so you can see where I'm making your pots!
My husband and I recently completed some renovations in my main studio space. It looks very organized and tidy in the video but rest assured that it is now filling up with pots and looking like a properly lived in and messy pottery studio.
...and for context, this is how it looked during renovation:
These photos show the wall, ceiling and closet we removed prior to removing the flooring.
This whole project was prompted by a leaky pipe under the kitchen floor that damaged the tile and drywall. What started as a need to replace flooring quickly turned into a "why not keep going with improvements?". This led to some demolition to open up the studio space and to remove termite damaged wood that existed before we purchased our home.
We found a few hidden artifacts left by previous owners in the wall (baby pic) and ceiling (beer cans). I had never seen beer cans like these before! They made us curious about why they were stashed in the ceiling. Were they intentionally placed there, so that future owners could 'discover' them? Or were they hidden up there because someone was drinking on the job? It was fun to imagine...
The photos above show how the studio looked just before the floor was redone. We had intended to just hire contractors to put this place back together. But it turns out that during a pandemic, contractors are insanely busy and a bit more expensive than expected.
So my husband and I opted to do most of the renovations ourselves, watching lots of YouTube how-to videos. We installed insulation between the rafters, installed drywall on the ceiling and wall, taped and mudded the drywall, painted the room, installed recessed lighting, installed shelving, etc. There are still a few details left to attend to but for now we're calling it good.
Now I feel pretty confident in my ability to apply a hawk and trowel texture over drywall using joint compound, so that's exciting! If you follow on Instagram you probably know we're also (very) slowly renovating a tiny, old cabin in the mountains on Forest Service land, so these skills will come in handy.
I absolutely love my studio now, it feels so open and inviting!
Thanks for taking a few minutes to tour my studio with me.
Maker of ceramic things.