Brian Vosburg on sun 19 apr 98
My name is Cindy, I am looking at possibly starting my own studio or
Ceramic Supply Shop and I need as much info as anyone can give me on doing
this. There are not any studio potters in our area that I know of the ask.
How do I get Started, What do I need? What legal things need to be
considered. I am mainly interesting in starting a group studio. Advice
from experience would be most helpful,
Jennifer Rhinesmith on wed 22 apr 98
Cindy, First of all you will need a tax number. To do this get ahold of
your local Comptrollers office. They will set you up. Do this
especially if you are going to sell clay supplies. Then where are you
located???? Are there other potters in the area??? If so, find out if
they want to go in with you. Or is there a market for clay supplies in
the area. Or are there already more then one. If you live in a small
area you need to consider this. I had my own art supply store for a
year, but we never had a good market, so we added a coffeehouse to help.
We also live ina small area, to many of us already open. Hope all this
helps. I would be happy to help, just give me a holler.
Jennifer in Alpine, TX
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>My name is Cindy, I am looking at possibly starting my own studio or
>Ceramic Supply Shop and I need as much info as anyone can give me on
>this. There are not any studio potters in our area that I know of the
>How do I get Started, What do I need? What legal things need to be
>considered. I am mainly interesting in starting a group studio. Advice
>from experience would be most helpful,
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Bonnie LEHET on mon 3 may 99
I'm new to the list and am impressed by all of the helpful advice being
given to beginner's.. so I'm posting a question that I've been sitting on
for some time. What I'm looking to do is to build a studio in my
basement. I'd greatly appreciate any advice about finding/selecting
equipment (I'm starting from scratch) and locating resources (I'm in
central New Jersey), as well as issues involved in starting a home studio.
Thanks in advance!
Jim Cullen on tue 4 may 99
Bonnie, my pat answer to anyone building a new studio is build shelves,
shelves, and more shelves. The second bit of advice is install GOOD lighting.
If you choose fluorsent lighting (probably the cheapest way to go) use
Sunshine bulbs. These are balanced for daylight and give you a much better
color rendition of your glazes. They will also make you feel better. I paid
about $9 a tube at Home Depot, the same tube was $15 at ACE hardware. Shop
around. Third suggestion is a good radio/CD/tape player with speakers that
fill the room (or a good wireless headset).
Good music + good light = good pot making.
Best of luck. It took me 9 months to get my studio the way I thought I wanted
it and now I'm looking a alterations. It's a never ending task.
Kim Marie on tue 4 may 99
If you're going to be working in your basement, PLEASE check it out for
radon gas. The test is simple and I got the kits by contacting our local
cooperative extention. The cost is approximately $7.00 per kit and well
At 01:41 PM 5/3/99 EDT, you wrote:
>I'm new to the list and am impressed by all of the helpful advice being
>given to beginner's.. so I'm posting a question that I've been sitting on
>for some time. What I'm looking to do is to build a studio in my
>basement. I'd greatly appreciate any advice about finding/selecting
>equipment (I'm starting from scratch) and locating resources (I'm in
>central New Jersey), as well as issues involved in starting a home studio.
>Thanks in advance!
DJ Brewer on fri 4 sep 09
I started my studio last year after Hurricane Ike hit our home Sept. 13.
I live in a hick town on the Texas Gulf Coast, where, if your IQ is
higher than your shoe size, they shoot you. (don't worry. my next door
neighbors are cows and can'ta aim well with hooves)
I was very lucky with the finds for my studio. We did not have a lot of
money, but I got creative and scraped by
a good size electric kiln -- I got one off of Craig's list -- $50 bucks.
This is a hit or miss method of getting a kiln. Just hope you get lucky
if you do this.
kiln shelves/posts -- came with the crappy kiln
kiln vent -- its outdoors
slab roller (thinking of a portable -- any experience with those
anyone?) -- can you say R-O-L-L-I-N-G P-I-N :-)
ware cart or sturdy shelf on wheels $10 at a garage sale
shelving -- all from garage sales. Plus a $20 splurge on boards and
pugmill to reclaim clay -- I don't know what it's called, but it looks
like a garlic press the size of a pot. It has a hand crank and you turn
it and the clay comes out the size of earthworms. $2 garage sale
sturdy work tables on wheels -- my tables are sturdy -- but not on
wheels. both of them came from 2nd hand stores.
2 pottery wheels
one Baily's XL Pro 1HP -- around $800 new -- free shipping, excellent
tech support and service
1 Shimpo -- not sure of the HP but it will center anything you put on it
and never slow down from the weight or pressure. very old -- no holes
for bat pins, no reverse switch. made in Japan. excellent control of
speed -- $75 Craigs' List
Buckets. Tons of them with tight fitting lids. $1 a piece. Shipley's donuts=
containers -- dollar store, all sizes, tight fitting lids $1 ea
Hope this helps
Bonnie Staffel on sat 5 sep 09
When we started our studio a number of years ago, we found used bakery
equipment of great use. They had large rolling pins, ware carts on =3D
proofing box which we used to hold our drying pots, as well as trays, =3D
and other equipment which proved invaluable to for our studio. I imagine
there aren't as many mom and pop bakeries any more, but they can be =3D
Toledo was going through a lot of urban renewable projects so we also =3D
up tables and other equipment that was suitable for our use. At the =3D
we purchased a big Hobart dough mixer which handled our clay mixing =3D
You need to be creative and you don't have to buy new if you live near a
We also did a lot of putting any money we made selling our pots back =3D
our studio and not on our backs. We also didn't need a new car or a =3D
home. We were scroungers.=3D20
I might say that I had 20 years of potting experience before opening our
"professional" studio in our new location. It is not an easy profession =
doubt if you will get rich. Equipment is expensive, heavy and takes up
space. We made a living and were able to take a few vacation trips over =3D
ensuing 20 years we had our new studio. But after closing the studio, it =
my second job that gave me some retirement money when I do retire. I =3D
have to make pots and do some part time jobs even at 87 years old to =3D
top of living expenses. It is also handy to have a spouse with a JOB.
Success in dealing with the public also takes special skills. On top of =3D
you need to learn some business activities, like bookkeeping, taxes, =3D
with insurance companies, maybe employees and their paper work, and =3D
non-fun jobs. Liability insurance is a big issue if you are having =3D
in your studio. I could go on and on with more "cons" that hopefully do =3D
get in the way of your passion. And you sure need passion!!!
DVD=3DA0 Throwing with Coils and Slabs
DVD=3DA0 Introduction to Wheel Work
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KATHI LESUEUR on sat 5 sep 09
On Sep 5, 2009, at 5:23 PM, Bonnie Staffel wrote:
> When we started our studio a number of years ago, we found used bakery
> equipment of great use. They had large rolling pins, ware carts on
> wheels, a
> proofing box which we used to hold our drying pots, as well as
> trays, scales
> and other equipment which proved invaluable to for our studio....
> You need to be creative and you don't have to buy new if you live
> near a
> We also did a lot of putting any money we made selling our pots
> back into
> our studio and not on our backs. We also didn't need a new car or a
> home. We were scroungers.>>
I visited Bonnie's studio and store in Charlevoix, MI while on
vacations many times in the seventies. She didn't realize it, but
she was an inspiration for me. A working potter. Everything in her
studio was improvised. No fancy "clay" equipment from the clay
suppliers. But, lots of innovative ways of doing things.
Much of my equipment came about the same way. My wheel and electric
kiln were my first purchases. I heard about someone selling a gas
kiln and bought it. Tore it down and rebuilt it in the "Abernathy"
style. Later I purchased a slab roller and one of the first Bluebird
studio pugmills. My ware racks were stationary. United Wire and Brass
(just and hour away) sold wire trays used on bread delivery carts.
Those with 2 x 4 uprights became my shelves. It was only later when
a number of grocery stores went out of business that I got ware
carts. Six for $70. Sold the aluminum trays to another person at the
auction for $35. We were both happy. Fiberglass lined glaze bins came
from the same auction. The store used them for cake flour. Border's
Books main office is in Ann Arbor. They were getting rid of their
warehouse sorting tables. 4x8 very strong with a shelf built into the
bottom. Scrap wood from the local "reuse" center provided the means
to make other tables. Lots of my tools came from garage sales.
Like Bonnie I'm a scrounger. I'm, also, someone who believes I can
learn something from everyone. So, I always ask how something was
done. My neighbor used to grease my trailer for me. I asked him to
teach me how to do it. He's taught me lots of things about caring for
vehicles (I'm the "son" he never had).
It doesn't have to take a lot of money if you are willing to look
around at what's available.