Category Archives: workspace
This time of year is a bit of a nightmare in the workshop. I’m finding the clay is taking much longer to dry compared to in the summer months. I might have to start bringing pieces inside the house where it is warm and cosy to finish off the drying out process soon.
A selection of custom orders are in progress at the moment. I love working on custom pieces, especially because each piece is unique. It’s nice to work on something different if I’ve had enough of making lots of similar pieces.
The workshop is looking slightly more tidy than usual, due to my photo shoot with the Daventry Express newspaper last week. A photographer came to photograph me with some of my work for a special Christmas craft feature for local handmade products. I’m looking forward to seeing the photos although I think they might look rather cheesy…
It has gone from one extreme to the other out in the workshop over the past couple of weeks… Last week it was cold and damp with everything taking an age to dry out, and with the heater on to keep warm. Whereas this week it is actually physically too hot to be in the workshop, and everything is drying out in no time at all! The insulation lining on the walls is great for keeping the heat in during winter, but it also keeps it in during summer!
Yesterday I moved a work bench outside and managed to get lots of glazing done in the sunshine. I also managed to find some time to have a big clear out and tidy up last week, so it is feeling a lot more organised and makes a nice change not to be working in messy chaos. I found a few lingering spiders hiding in the corners too!
I’ve loved all of the custom requests I had this month. It has been great creating new pieces that are different and to someone else’s specification. A few custom requests to mention have been a seahorse in a frame, a large bonsai tree planter (detail below), some custom engraved ceramic gift tags, a new born baby plaque, and some other bits, as well as all the other pieces I mentioned last week.
I’m also currently preparing a selection of work for an exciting Coastal themed exhibition starting in July – more details on that soon!
The kiln will be loaded tomorrow lunch time so I’m looking forward to peering inside at my next batch of finished pieces in a few days.
I have two work benches which fit all the way along the windowed wall, so its nice to look out at the garden while I’m working.
This is my shelving area and where I keep some of my moulds.
Theres plenty of storage space under the work benches to keep my glaze materials, oxides, scales, clay, moulds, safety equipment, tools, newspaper, etc. The benches also have shelves on the bottom which is very handy.