Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Garage Is Clean, Studio Next

If I haven't visited your blog recently I apologize. My excuse is I've been doing some major Spring cleaning. Yesterday Gary and I spent the whole day into the evening cleaning and rearranging the garage to make it more efficient for both of us. We moved the two wood shelves from our lanai into the garage so those are new shelves for finished work. I use half the garage to do my firing of the pottery and also my glazing. Gary uses the other half for his projects. What we did yesterday was locate all the large equipment on one side of the garage so we'd have the other half free to set up for various projects. We have several portable six foot tables we can set up wherever we need to for our projects. I tables up when I am glazing, loading, and unloading the kiln or giving classes. Gary can set one up when he's working on a project like the boat motor which not is all rebuilt and has it's own stand which can be rolled around the garage.

These two cabinets house my glazes and glazing supplies and there's the back door to the garage. In summer I can open that door to get cross ventilation. I have several fans I turn on when the kiln is firing. One I set up high to blow out the hot air which rises. I also have a portable air conditioner which I normally don't use except during tours or pottery classes in summer.

Here's my kiln in the far corner covered when not in use. I also keep it unplugged with the plug raised up off the concrete floor to keep moisture from condensing on it. There is at least eighteen inches free space around all sides of the kiln kept clear for when I fire it. The tan sheet on the floor on the right is covering extra sections of my raku kiln.

On the far wall are three tall rolling carts. Gary has two and I have one. In the foreground from left to right is the portable back up generator, the raku kiln and then the slab roller with the photo tent on top. On top of the generator is a mini air compressor and ice chest. Under the slab roller (which isn't visible as portable tables are blocking it) is the large air compressor. I also have three sets of saw horses which I can put 2 x 12's across for more table space. I often do that when loading or unloading the kiln.

Here's my photo tent covered and sitting on top of my slab roller. Not sure what that cardboard tube or metal pan is. Looks like I missed a few things. Ha.

Here's the aisle between the slab roller and the rolling carts. My glazing chair is temporarily sitting there. I move it to the table when I do my glazing. I hand brush all my glazes so I sit down to do that.

Here's a look at the other side of the garage. The washer and dryer and washtub are located over there along with the hot water heater and the furnace and Gary's roll around tool box. See my old straw hat from my lavender farming days.

It may not look like it but on this empty side of the garage there is actually enough room to fit one car in or set up tables for glazing or projects. Today I'll clean my studio and give you a look at that tomorrow. I am sorry I didn't take a before photo of the garage. Not sure I have the nerve to show you the studio before photo. It has gotten quite messy to say the least. In between Spring cleaning projects, I've been adding new pots to my Etsy Pottery Shop each day. This post is part of Mud Colony what's happening in the studio or as in this case what's not happening in the studio. Click the link to see what other potters's from around the globe are up to. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. You have a lot more in your garage than I do. Ours holds just our 2 cars.

  2. Hi Gigi, thanks, we could never fit a car in this garage, now maybe we can fit one. Ha. Gary is feeling wonderful cause he can wax the car in the shade at his leisure. Pottery takes an inordinate amount of tools and equipment I think.

  3. That was a lotta hard work.

  4. Looks like you did a great job of organizing your garage. Now I wish that you could come over and do mine! :)

  5. Amazing how much you have managed to store in your garage and still have room for a skinny car. Well done.

  6. doesn't it feel great to be all clean?

  7. Lots of work but worth it...very impressive.

  8. Wow, you have quite the setup there!
    This should give you all the space you need for years to come.

  9. That was super impressive. Bragger. Feel free to catch a plane down and work your magic here.

  10. Wonderful work, and just the thing to do when it's cold outside in FL! You will have the joys of this for the rest of the year. You inspired me to at least clean the kitchen!

  11. Thank you so much Linda, you're always so kind..
    Good Luck with your new studio space

  12. Hi Michele, thanks, we were exhausted but it was worth it.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, oh you know it moving all that equipment especially those wood shelf units.

    Hi Marguerite. thanks, I can usually organize spaces in my mind's eye beforehand, but I don't like doing the work. Ha.

    Hi Patti, thanks, it is rather amazing, just moving those rolling carts to the side wall did the trick.

    Hi Meredith, thanks, oh it does we shall see how long it lasts. Ha.

    Hi Dee, thanks, we just went for it on the spur of the moment

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, oh one never knows about years to come.

    Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, oh I could organize the space with plans but you'll have to hire it done, although I'd come for a visit and supervise. Ha.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, it's amazing how much organizing of rooms is necessary throughout life isn't it. Now don't look in my closets. Ha.

    Hi Varda, thanks, oh I hope you are doing well your work is so beautiful it is a pleasure to visit your blog.


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