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studio setup

updated thu 28 jan 10


centa uhalde on wed 17 sep 97

Hello there,

I'm a newbe, wannabe ceramicist and am incredibly fortunate in having a
garage currently being converted to a studio space for clay art! I have a
few setup questions.

1. It has been reccomended that I use some sort of trap in the sink drain
to prevent solid clay material from clogging the drain. Does anyone have
plumbing knowledge that applies?

2.I remember a while back there was some discussion of painted concrete
floors vs non painted. Is there a problem with painted floors? What type of
paint or finish would be best?

3. Does anyone have reccommendations on slab rollers, Bailey vs Northstar,
for instance? I've heard from someone that the smaller, portable Bailey is
great and from someone else they preferred the mechanics of the Northstar.
What should I consider in buying other than the obvious space and $ and how
big a slab?

4. And lastly, I've just begun to throw and want to continue. I know it's
elementery to ask but I've only used the manual wheel and like it. For
someone with a case of Repetitive Motion Syndrome (tendonitus and weakness
in arms, wrists, and hands), is there a type of wheel that might be more
ergonomically suited?

5. Any books that provide inofrmation on setting up a small ceramic studio?

thanks in advance, on fire in santa rosa,

Juliet Johnston on thu 13 jul 00


The ceramic studio at work is almost completed. Clay sculpture will be taught there this semester and it will probally be a year or two before we get a ceramics teacher. We plan to have workshops during the year until we get a regular class scheduled. Now I am working on the glaze room. We have two electric kilns that fire to cone 10 and a raku kiln. I know what equipment to buy, but I have no idea what to do about glaze chemicals. I don't want to get much as the instructor(when we get one) will want to buy. I have no idea what workshop leaders will want and what temperature they will fire to. Can some of you workshop leaders give me some idea of a few basics to buy and quantities. Thank you so much for your help, Juliet

MLL7777@AOL.COM on sat 15 jul 00

juliet -
your studio sounds very interesting.... can you describe it alittle more?
where are you?

I am interested in opening a studio - learning center - clay classes for
kids/studio space... either coop or owned by a small group...
anyone out there have any ideas where I can find info or talk to someone who
has done this kind of thing? any places I can visit? I'm in

Clayart is a miracle of modern technology - what could be better than
clay-lovers interacting? thanks to every one of you!
Mary Lou

JODO96@AOL.COM on tue 18 jul 00

I must have missed the original post but we do know someone who set up just
such a studio and has recently sold it (due to too many commitments). I could
give you her phone number and name and she may be able to advise you.
Please let me know off line.

Dorothy Weber
Manakin-Sabot, Va.
(just outside of Richmond)

Juliet Johnston on tue 15 aug 00


Thanks for the help you have given me in setting up a
studio at Tougaloo. We had the Art Colony and
everything went well even the kiln that I repaired
worked. The curator of the Boston Musium of Fine Arts
bought one of my raku pots for his office desk. I was
speechless. We had a good turn out from our sister
school, Brown University. They were impressed with our
clay work. Thanks to you all, Juliet

Marcia Selsor on wed 27 jan 10

When I made little dollies out of scrap plywood and casters, I got 36 2" =
casters from ebay. I cut out octogons the size of my 5 gallon buckets =3D
using 3 dollies, and also made dollies that hold 2 boxes deep for mixed =3D
clay. 300-400 pounds was the rating for the 4 casters. They go under a =3D
formica 5 x 6 table...I also have a shallow shelf under the table for =3D
large low bird bath molds. Wheels are our friend...towards versatility =3D
as Snail says.=3D20
I like storing my mixer and pugmill in a corner out of the way.
Marcia Selsor