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« on: February 28, 2014 04:39:34 AM »

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.   Smiley 



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! 


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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014 05:26:25 AM »

WOOOOOOOOOWZERRRRRRZ!  What a fantastic score of property from your neighbor and what a wonderful idea of turning this trailer into a studio!  I am inclined to envy, but the truth is that I have a shop building waiting to be made into a studio, I just have to plan and execute (well, and budget and then save, of course).
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014 05:28:15 AM »

The trailer looks even better than when I was there. A potter's dream workspace. Those slab rollers are great. Not only on saving time, but arms. And the cute assistant Jack is ready for orders.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014 05:37:36 AM »

Fantastic - love the view!   Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014 05:46:37 AM »

I hope you spend many happy hours creating your lovely pottery!

It was a warm, energetic, creative and comfortable space to be in...loads of fun!

I like that you and hubs have a place to share time together doing something you obviously love! 

A slab roller...Santa knows what mama wants!
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2014 05:50:18 AM »

That is so awesome! What a dream come true for so many artists. And it's great that you and your husband go and work there together. Oh and I love your view.
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2014 06:08:23 AM »

I love how your trailer is set up now for pottery, it's great to be able to dedicate space to a studio!  Pottery is great fun and having your own equipment must be heaven, I can attest to your heavenly location Grin
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2014 06:18:35 AM »

I forgot to mention that I love your CRAFTSTER glass piece over the fireplace...nice and colorful and a reminder to be creative!
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2014 07:07:41 AM »

that pottery trailer is utopia!  it's even cooler irl Smiley 
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