Friday, July 13, 2012

My very own ceramic studio

by Karen Mahoney of City by the Sea Ceramics

This June I moved from Needham to North Grafton with my husband to better our lives in many ways. One of the biggest ways was that I got my own studio space to work in, meaning I was no longer a staff member at the studio I had been working at. I was finally on my own and beginning to build my own home studio. While the ultimate goal is to buy a home, have a large garage or barn for my studio, and set up various kilns on the property, this was the first step of making that progress.

I am working at home, but as a renter I can't fire kilns. But hurrah for me! In Worcester is a great studio I'm super excited to become a part of, The Fire Works. I will be transporting my work over there to fire, which isn't ideal but thankfully my work isn't terribly fragile in style. In addition to being able to continue my current style and temperature firings, I will be able to fire gas and soda kilns, two types of firing I really love and am super excited to get to dig in and try my hand at.

The home studio is very much a work in progress. Many things need to be bought, built, adjusted, and replaced, but it is functioning right now, allowing me to throw pots in my own space. Any frustrations or inconveniences will be worth it for me to finally have my own space, something I've always wanted since I first began working with clay.

Below is the studio home base, my wheel area. Another shelving unit will be on the right side of my wheel too, giving me lots of shelf space for pots in progress.

My table with buckets of glaze underneath and tools on top. The table needs a serious upgrade, but it's working for the moment.

While this looks like a pile of junk it is organized, it just needs to be put on shelves I haven't gotten yet. This corner is for finished work in boxes, items I need for my craft fairs (see the giant tent?), and some larger bins of tools.
Once I get things more organized and prettied up I'll share more pics. There's so much to do and still so many pots to make!


  1. Congrats Karen! Can't wait to see what you do with the space. So excited for you!

  2. Sooo excited for you, congrats! So cool!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...