When our next door neighbor called to tell us she would like to sell to us for a super cheap price we jumped at it. It has acreage, a pasture, a small barn, a well and an older mobile home. We tried for about a year to sell the trailer to someone who would relocate it but no luck so we had the entire place fenced in as an auxiliary pasture for our sheep and goats.
At the time, my husband and I were driving 90 minutes every week to pottery class. One of the draws of the class was free open studio time 7 days/week which we could never take advantage of being so far away. So... we decided to take the plunge and turn our trailer into our own pottery studio. Let me show you what we've done with the place.
We tore the carpet out of one of the bedrooms, put down cheap vinyl flooring, added a wheel and some wire shelving and turned this into our 'throwing' room. The table on the far side is for wedging clay and is made from a slab of wood on top of a metal base we already had.
We put a kiln in the bedroom next door. We didn't remove the carpet here but set down a base of brick and tile for the kiln to sit on. My husband, who is a genius, did the wiring himself.
The kitchen makes the perfect glaze area. We moved the fridge to the back deck of our house. It left an open spot to store dipping glazes. The cabinets store all other glaze materials. The counterspace works really well for drying pieces.
The dining room is great for hand building. Our herding dog Jack, who is confined to his indoor kennel at our house, gets the complete run of the trailer and can usually be found underfoot.
Santa surprised me with a portable slab roller for Christmas this year. I never would have asked for one but am in love with it.
I had an epiphany a few months ago... We had a VCR and ancient TV in our attic and I had never gotten rid of our VHS tape collection. They all live in the studio's living room now where we listen to 80s and 90s movies we haven't seen in forever while we work.
The lovely HSG left me a Craftster momento when a bunch of the mods visited for a meet-up. We set up lots of stations in the studio and taught each other stuff. There may have been wine involved, just saying. It sits on the fireplace mantle.
The very best part is the view from every window when our sheep are visiting!