|The area of the farm known as the “old sheep barn” where we are currently building the studio.|
Some of you may remember that Don and I started building a new studio for Starry Road Studio this past summer. It has been a long and very hard winter, which has caused a series of significant delays. At one point a few weeks ago, the pipes froze at our cabin forcing me to relocate to Rochester NY (about 2 hours east), where my husband rents part of a house with a housemate (he works in Rochester during the week and commutes home to our place at the Cabin on the weekends). I pretty much packed up what I could fit in my car, drove here and set up a temporary studio in the dining room. I was able to bring with me my inventory so that I could keep my shops open and continue to ship. I also brought a couple of bags of clay and some tools to make beads, and some metal clay tools and supplies.
Last week, Don finally picked up my metal clay kiln so that I could fire work. Thank goodness!
Meanwhile, construction has continued on the studio, with Don and/or I returning to the area on weekends to supervise progress. Last week, I paid a visit and took some photos of what has been done so far.
First here is a refresher – our floor plans:
Here’s some interior shots… starting with the entry and kitchen.
|The entry into the Kitchen.|
|Cabinets will be installed here this weekend.|
This is the Clay room… where I will be doing slab and wheel work, and possible spray glazing, though I may move that out to the garage.
|Clay/Glaze room with Casey looking out the back door.|
Here is the garage / kiln room. I may also move most of the pottery glazing out here: all the large buckets and glaze materials will be stored out here.
|Garage – Don is working on electrical or something.|
Next we go upstairs to the main studio. I will do all my bead making up here, both ceramic and metal clay. I will also do most of my bead glazing here too. Basically, this is where all the “small” non-pottery stuff will get done. Also metal work, shipping, etc.
|This is the right half of the upstairs studio.|
|Looking toward the left half of the upstairs studio. The room on the left there is the bathroom.|
Now, we move onto a small living quarters part of the studio – Don and I will be here for most of the winter (the cabin will be for the rest of the year)… and I will stay here most of the time when kilns are firing, to monitor them. It’s a nice cozy little “apartment” that can also serve as a guest room during the nicer time of year (spring, summer, fall).
|This is the “TV Room” and will also serve as a second guest bedroom
(with fold out sofa bed or futon, whatever we end up getting).
|This is the main bedroom.|
Hard to see in these photos, but I chose a palette of warm deep earth tones for most of the living areas, including the kitchen (which was not yet painted at the time of these photos), and lighter colors for work areas. The flooring will be wood laminate in most areas, including kitchen and upstairs studio, ceramic tile in the bathrooms, carpeting in the bedroom and TV room, and a grouted vinyl tile in the Clay / Glaze room. The flooring is getting put in THIS week.
Other work to be done: A large front porch added onto the front of the house, which will have to wait until the ground thaws in spring. A deck on the back. A small outdoor kiln shed for the gas reduction kiln. Plantings around the house and along the road in front. Central air conditioning (equipment is ready to be installed but also waiting until spring).
Other things on the horizon: Don talked to our neighbors – the farm down the road – about acquiring some goats. We want to put up a fenced area and a small barn for them. I’d like to have some egg layer chickens too. Some day I want to make soap using goats milk, but mostly I just love the idea of having little goats running around. I believe they are pygmy goats but I’m not sure. Maybe we’ll find out this weekend! Here’s a picture from my blog buddy Caroline Dewison of an “ideal” goat haven, a Goat Castle! Would that be something?!?! LOL.