Carpenter Bee on Wisteria
I was amazed to see this carpenter bee sipping nectar from a wisteria flower. I always wanted a wisteria covered patio, so when we moved here I planted a wisteria vine at each end of a large patio we built outside my studio almost five years ago. The wisteria, which now completely covers the pergola, is spectacular in bloom, but it also provides much needed shade during the scorching summer months.
Wisteria Covered Patio
Steps from My Studio Entrance
Steps from My Studio Entrance
South Side of Studio
I promised my blogger friend, Amy, of Amy's Clay Ventures, I'd post photos of my studio. So come along for a tour of my studio located in the heart of my garden. But before I show you around, for those of you just checking in, let me back up. My studio was originally designed as a gift shop for my lavender farm, Springville Lavender Gardens. I sited the building between venerable old willow trees to block the scorching summer sun from heating up the building in summer. I installed a sliding door facing south to take advantage of the winter sun to warm the building.
North Side of Studio
Last September I decided to re purpose my gift shop into my studio. Since then I've been reorganizing and moving things around as my needs change. I consider my studio space a work in progress much like my garden. Originally I had my slab roller, made by a friend of mine, inside the studio, but found out there wasn't enough room to remove the shims, so I moved the slab roller into the garage.
As you enter the studio on the right side I have my drying shelves, my work table and some more shelving to house my supplies and implements of clay construction. For drying shelves, I picked up these snap together plastic shelving units at a local hardware store. I can either place my bats, wooden ware boards, or wall boards on the shelving to let my green ware dry.
Studio Work Table
My work table was another hardware store purchase and it is sturdy enough to roll out small slabs of clay and since it's plastic it is easy to clean. This is the working part of the studio and since most of my pieces are hand built, this table gets quite a workout. Hey, it's a work table, it's supposed to be messy! Check out all the stuff I have stored underneath. There never seems to be enough room.
If you were reading my blog last week you read about my newest addition, a shimpo wheel some friends brought over and we set up to throw standing up. The wheel is just outside the door, under the willow tree.
Studio Display Shelves
On the other side of the studio are tall shelving units which I picked up at a local garage sale. The shelves are adjustable and are made of birch plywood. For now I have left the shelves natural. I display my finished ceramic pieces on these shelves to sell. On the far left shelf, I still carry a supply of lavender products like soaps, lotions, sachets, candles, etc., which I also sell in my studio.
Since my studio is 10 x 12 feet, it is hard to get a complete shot of any one section of the room, but I hope you get a feel for the layout. I also have a storage cabinet outside the front door on the left (which I intend to paint green one of these days) and a shelf on the right which I can put pottery in nice weather, which is most of the year.
Kiln on Screen Porch
My kiln with a view is located on our back screen room, so I carry pieces up to the back of the house to fire them. I do my glazing outside the screen room on another table. For all intents and purposes, I have a progressive studio, like a progressive dinner. Each step requires a move to another location. Previous readers know that my home is for sale and now you know one of the reasons. I'm hoping to move to a location where all parts of the studio are located under one roof or at least close by.
Betty, Butter, and Binky
If you are in the area, please stop by for a visit. You can visit with me in my studio, stroll in the garden, or sit on a bench and enjoy the views. The tour guides, Betty, Butter, and Binky, will be glad to show you around the studio and gardens, they also know all the best spots to relax in the shade.