Saturday, February 6, 2010

My modular system for small studios...

This is an overview of my compact studio. I started my module system, world wide patent pending ;-], based on the bread rack I bought from the scrap yard years ago. I have plywood shelves cut to fit the bread rack, and because space is tight, but I'm not complaining because I HAVE a studio...with WINDOWS... and a VIEW, I built the storage areas all around the same shelves. So I can take my freshly thrown pieces (on bats) and put them on the bread rack parked next to me. They can then be moved to a different more inconveinient height on the rack if needed. I get a nice rythym going this way. Later, when it's time to trim/turn pieces, again I can move pieces from shelf to shelf. When dry, I take the rack over to the door of the kiln room, on the left, and load, and later unload, the kiln. The pieces can be stored at various stages on the rack or on the different shelf areas. One on top of the table where I hand build and the other next to the wheel. You can see the ends of the shelves behind the rack in the picture. The bisqued pieces can be glazed and returned to the same areas.

Here is another idea that might help someone. I have 13"x26" shelves for the kiln. I have drawn with a magic marker the shelves and where the bricks go on the table so I can plan inside the studio where I want to put what out in the kiln. This is handy if it is cold, rainy or windy out and I want to stay inside as long as possible. And then I can switch and move around the pieces from where they are all stored inside. I usually like to pack the shelves with slightly taller ones in back and more openly spaced and shorter items in the front, giving everything more exposure to ash.

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