|After we posted our recent “Studio Visit” post with Jeff Campana and Patsy Cox, we received a lot of feedback asking for video tours of artists’ studios. We think this is a terrific idea and to make it even more interesting, we decided to have a contest to find the best video tours out there. And, best of all, Skutt has agreed to sponsor this contest by giving away a brand spanking new Skutt pottery wheel to the winner!
We’re looking for creative, friendly, personable, entertaining, humorous, interesting and informative video tours of the garages, barns, basements,
Today, in addition to announcing this exciting contest, I am presenting another excerpt fromCeramics Monthly’s (in-print) Studio Visit Series to get you all thinking about what your videos might include. In this post, John Bauman gives us a glimpse into his pottery studio, a “teensy” oasis in an Indiana industrial park. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
My home and studio sit on an acre in the industrial park of Warsaw, Indiana. Actually, the house was built in 1870 and is the center of what one hundred years later became the industrial park. So it’s a very odd property. It’s on the edge of town, has a forty-acre bean field and a horse farm across the street, but a ten-acres-under-one-roof communications warehouse behind it.
When my wife, Dar, and I moved here twenty years ago, we planted trees surrounding the property. Because of that planting, when we are in the shop or the home, we don’t have so much of a sense of being in an industrial park (see panoramic shot below).
My main shop is a 24 X 32 feet finished (insulated, drywalled) pole building. Immediately behind that is my first, tiny kiln building – a 12 X 16-foot pole building, now a lean-to to the third building, another 24 X 32-foot unfinished pole barn that doubles as kiln building and cold storage. Behind the finished shop is a small concrete pad. In the summer, Dar often chooses to take her work outside and work in the open air on that pad, shaded by one of the many huge maples that grace our acre.
Though sometimes I wish I had a bigger kiln (and the time to assemble the salt kiln I own that sits disassembled in the back yard), I actually chose to build (and am mostly happy with) two small kilns. Because of those small kilns, I can see work from start to finish inside of a week. That kind of immediacy is nearly impossible with bigger kilns. Did I mention that I’m not a patient person?
Hands down my least favorite aspect of my shop is that the space is too
My favorite tool is no longer available (the company that made them closed) but it’s a combination inside/outside caliper that was made by a company
Oh, and my other favorite shop equipment is an old guitar and a cheap mandolin hanging on the shop wall so I can take musical breaks whenever I feel like it. I feel like it often. Actually, my first love, art-wise, is music. I’ve never been “gifted” as a musician and I’m thankful that clay came along when
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