Studio extension……

My studio is to say the least cosy… husband has been offering to extend it for a while and now I think it’s the best option. 

There was a lot to consider….disruption to work in the studio, being still able to fire the kiln….is there a better option. It is the better option and I’ve been toiling with it and looking at other options such as relocating to a self contained studio in the yard however, this really doesn’t yield that much extra space for the cost. All the prefab studios have a verandah which chews into square footage. Wonderful for a relaxing space, but not so functional for a working studio.

So…it’s an extension. Which considering I have a back door onto the concrete slab and already store my clay there probably will be best in the long run. I have a mud map below…..


The left part of the diagram is the current studio floor. The mid line and everything to the right is the extension.

Now it’s just a matter of putting this to the back of my mind and keep working while the construction goes on around me (I will include some photos as we go). 

As the floor plan is to scale I will try and scale my wheel, kiln and workbench so I can see how they can be arranged in the new space. This is bound to change on atleast a daily basis as I consider the best place for function.

I don’t have a completion date yet, work had started on Tuesday on drainage….thankfully as with all the rain it was needed. Drainage will be completed once the ground dries later this week. More as we progress…..


Welcome to 2013

Happy New Year and Australia Day….If you’re in Brisbane or the great south east I hope your somewhere safe and dry from the winds and rain.

My blog has been seriously neglected of late as we have been travelling around Scotland, Wales and England. I’m back home now and from time to time will share some of my favourite photos .

So, today I thought I would start with some pictures from Gladstone Pottery Museum’s Bottle Kiln at Stoke on Trent (also know as the Potteries).

In there hey day there were up to 4,000 bottle kilns in the area. The Clean Air Act sounded the death knell for these coal fired ovens in 1956.

There are 47 still standing today, all of which are listed buildings. 

Bottle Kiln 1

Once inside the door you can walk right around the inner kiln chamber and it is in here that the coal fire boxes were kept stoked to fire the kiln.

inner chamber kiln

This picture shows the inner wall of the kiln and the top of the bottle.

stacked kiln

This is the door into the inner kiln chamber. The doorway is well over 6 foot and is bricked up prior to firing the kiln. The large clay pots you see are ‘Saggars’. Saggars are used to hold and protect pottery during kiln-firing.

The bottle kilns are cetainly an impressive structure. I don’t think I would have the strength to lift those saggars and stack this kiln…