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Friday, April 1, 2011

Time in the studio

I have been able to get some time in the studio this week, but baby it's cold out there! I have a kerosene heater right now, don't much care for it, but would you believe that electric space heaters are a seasonal item and stores don't keep them in stock?!
It's so nice to have lots of space to spread out and not have to worry about the wind or the rain or moving things so we can eat at the table. There is no sign of clay in my house any more, so great!
My new space is a very peaceful and tranquil place to work. Today the wind was howling here but I was all snug in my space. It's sort of like having a club house as a kid, only with fun tools and clay :)

12 comments:

Dennis Allen said...

Glad you are enjoying your new space.In truth,it's all "employee lounge" isn't it? Sometimes I just go out my studio and sit.

Kings Creek Pottery said...

A very cool club house, indeed!! Glad to see new dwellings in process :)

Jackie Klaumpus said...

Your new space is great, Tracey, you have worked so hard to get it. But then, as can be seen from yer blog, you work hard at everything you do.
I don't know how you fire your raku kiln, but if you got a big 'ol propane pig, you could run one line to your raku burner, and one to your studio for a propane heater. They have some nice ones that mount on the wall, have thermostats, and are clean and quiet. In your part of the country, I would think that one around 22-25000 btu's would be fine, considering the size of your studio.
Keep up the great work!

Tracey Broome said...

Dennis, Gerry seems to think it's the lounge, I keep finding him out there:)
Thanks Kathy, yes indeed, lots of new dwellings or whatevers, Jackie thanks for the suggestion, I have the raku kiln hooked up to our house's natural gas line, not sure I want to try and run more gas lines, I'll be ok in a couple of weeks and then complaining because it's too hot :)

Paula Henderson Pottery said...

I see signs of warmer times in your first pic. The pastel roofs all in a line remind me of the cottages on remote caribbean islands. Since it is spring you might be able to find a window air conditioner that also produces heat. It will block some of your light but will keep you warm/cool depending on the season.

Tracey Broome said...

Hi Paula: actually those pastel roofs just have terra sig on greenware and will be fired then stained again and will be pretty dark. But yeah they look like Easter eggs right now don't they:) I don't really have the wiring for an AC, right now I am just happy for shelter. Maybe after all these sales I have coming up I can get some wiring done!

Becky said...

Tracey, I have been following the progress of your studio for a while. It looks like a PURE haven. Congrats!
Could you tell me what the dimensions are? I have an old shed out back of our house that I'd like to "transform" but it needs a LOT of work. Any advice would be sooo welcome.

Amy said...

yeah! sounds like you're settling in... beautiful houses too!

Tracey Broome said...

Hi Becky: the shed kit I got is a 12X12, the walls are 8' and there is plenty of room. I didn't insulate it because I like the look of the rough walls so I may have to have a three season studio, but I'll figure that out later :) I got the door and windows at the Habitat re store in Durham, windows were $1 a piece and the door was $7. Lots of good deals at those Habitat stores.
Hey Amy, your shino tea bowls were really nice on your blog, forgot to leave you a note!

cookingwithgas said...

Welcome to the club!
It is a great-GREAT space and I know you are happy to have a place of your own.
The work looks fab!

ang said...

the coolest club house in town!!!! sounds so cozy...

doodles said...

I've been loving your blog (one of my favs) for a while now... Congrats on the studio - it must feel so great to have a space of your own (and one that you actually created!)! I have a small studio, without heat, and I use two electric "radiator" style heaters - they come filled with oil which heats up and gives off a nice, even heat. Just a thought for next winter...