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Friday, March 18, 2011

Come on in, I'll show you around....

Tyler thinks I built him a new dog house. Tyler would be wrong! I am pretty much finished with this crazy project. I ran short on roof shingles by 8 shingles because we made the overhang better than the shed plan called for, so I have to make yet another trip to the hardware store and give them more of my money. I also have a little more painting in the back and I need to trim out the back windows. Mostly I am done though.
My Habitat store windows worked out great, not bad for $1 a piece. They were a bitch to put up by myself though. I love the light that comes in here in the afternoon. I knew it would be like this.
Before I started construction, I cleaned and organized every one of my tools, my books, molds, boards, all pottery related items. We made several trips to throw out recycling, and I got rid of a lot of things I really never use. Staying with William Morris' famous quote, if it wasn't beautiful or useful it didn't come through the door.
I also wanted the inside to be restful to the eye. The space is small and I wanted it to seem as large as possible visually, so I kept down the clutter, white washed the walls, and used minimal color and texture. I wanted old metal, glass and old wood to be dominant. I have also used some burlap and some off white canvas. The only plastic is some of the jars for my chemicals. I would like to have all of these glass, but it doesn't seem practical. I would hate to drop a jar of red iron oxide and have it break.


I covered these boards in burlap that I had left over from a set I did a few years ago. They are perfect for displaying my pendants. There is a little work ready for the kiln, but not much. I have to get busy!
I have tried to fill my space with things I have found and things that friends have given me. My friend Melissa brought this back to me after playing at South By Southwest. She said she bought it for me in a redneck truck stop. I love the way the light looks on it.
My raven flag from Cindy Shake has finally found a permanent home. It has been all over my house.
I'll show you more tomorrow, gotta go watch the second half of this Carolina game. Go Heels!

26 comments:

Hollis Engley said...

That is just the coolest thing, Tracey.

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks Hollis! It really is! I can't wait to get to work, finally all my stuff in one place and I don't have to go from floor to floor looking for stuff :) it's been a long time coming

brandon phillips said...

LOVE it.

cookingwithgas said...

sweet sweet rewards..... it is the coolest place- make pots!

Tracey Broome said...

Well, Brandon, you would laugh at some of the construction, but it won't fall down, it just has some gashed wood and a few too many holes drilled :) Meredith, you have to come see it!

Amy said...

simply beautiful. love the pictures and the intentionality you put into what you placed inside... so glad it's finished!

Linda Starr said...

It's so you, I like the way you've decorated it and what great tip out windows.

Veronica Funk said...

This is beautiful...I'm extremely jealous.

Tracey Broome said...

Hi Amy, thanks, yes it was very intentional and much better for it. hi Linda, I like the windows this way too, they are just the sashes so there wasn't much other choice for them if I wanted them to open.

cindy shake said...

WOW! How cool is this?! YOUR VERY OWN S P A C E !!! you deserved it sister :o)

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Veronica and Cindy, THANKS!

Laura Mayer said...

So awesome...and beautiful. Love the simplicity. I always love to see other artists studios. I am preparing to move my studio/gift shop to another town...going to a bigger place and oh the possibilities of such a huge space, but oh man the work I have ahead of me in the next month...but I can see it in my mind. Just takes work to make the vision a reality. So happy for you, can't wait to see what you create next...have fun.

DirtKicker Pottery said...

Wow Tracy, It's so cool! I love, love, love those windows. I can't believe how quick you got organized. Congrats :)

June Perry said...

I can't how fast the building went up and how fast, and what a beautiful job you've done organizing everything! It's just fabulous!

Judy Shreve said...

AAAAHHHH! Finally! - you have created the loveliest spot to work in -- It's beautiful! Congrats on all the hard work.

Dennis Allen said...

It really came together.I can't believe how quickly you got it organized and decorated.

Ann said...

Awesome! Happy for you :)

ang said...

You gotta be happy Trace :))

Michael said...

Your pottery looks wonderful. Congratulations on your achievement!

Tracey Broome said...

Hi everyone, thanks for your comments, such a nice way to start my morning!!! Did it really go up that fast? I feel like it's been a year! I guess working from dawn to dusk makes things happen :)

Sister Creek Potter said...

You just have more hours in your day than any of us! I still don't see how you did ALL that in no time. I am amazed, delighted and jealous at the interior decorating job you have achieved. A dream spot to work in. Get busy on those new pots!

jimgottuso said...

it's so great that it's done already and it looks like a comfy and inspiring work space. congrats on finishing it up so quickly and now i guess it's on to working

Tracey Broome said...

hi Gay, I don't think it's more hours, I think I just abuse my body more than the rest of you! That's what caffeine does to me :)
Jim, it does feel inspiring, now to see if it really is. Monday morning...

FetishGhost said...

I am sooooooo jealous!

Michèle Hastings said...

you have created a beautiful space, congratulations!

Jerry said...

Congrats on creating a studio for your creativity to thrive. I am so impressed how quickly it was completed once the ball was rolling. It is a lovely, welcoming space. May you enjoy it!!