Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Look Inside My Studio

This is a closer look at the internal structure of this old barn that my husband is restoring.

My studio door enters into a hallway that was once the entrance into the room where the milk was refrigerated (the milkhouse.) My actual studio is in a part of the barn that was once home to some very sweet and lovely Jersey cows.




This is a picture of my AIM 88 kiln. My little workhorse. I also have a larger kiln. I am fortunate that all of kilns are digital. It is a bit of a walk from my house to the barn so it saves me some running back and forth. Much appreciated in the winter.



This is a long counter space that I have for making my clay pieces. It is a great space. I always work standing up and it is just the right height. My husband is so good to me. He does all the carpentry and building work on this barn and my studio. Those things on sticks are some beads and pendants in the process of being glazed.




My studio tour today consists of a number of photos of my work place. Here we have from left to right The door to my studio. My studio is part of an old barn that was built about 1850. I have included photos of the interior of the barn so that you can see the hand hewn beams(last photo on the right). My husband also has a workspace in this barn. The restoration of this barn is a big project and not yet complete. It is a great feeling to be in this space because of its age and the fact that we once milked cows here. From my studio, I look out over pastures that have been in use for over 150 years. Many of the plants that I use to make my ceramic pendants have been growning here for at least that long. I sometimes feels as if I am preserving the history of this farm in my art work. But most of the time I just enjoy looking out on green grass. I grew up out West, and am still in awe of the greeness of this place and the abundance of water. No too far down the fields from this barn is a great river that begins in the Adirondack Mountains and flows[Photo] by here on its way to the St. Lawrence River. And that is another kind of journey that I enjoy watching and partaking of in our chubby canoe.

13 comments:

  1. How sweet that your studio is in an old barn! I just love the color of the door--very inviting and invigorating!

    Thanks so much for the studio tour--it was fun!

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  2. What a treat to create in an environment connected to nature. How do you get rid of the watery clay? Do you have a clay reclaim area? I don't know the lingo for clay!

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  3. I love the studio space... Ahhh... one day to have a old barn to make into a huge studio space! Wonderful pics!!!

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  4. wow - what an incredible connection you have to your environment - the building and outdoors... that is such a special insight to share, and it makes your work even more special - thank you! there must be such a great energy there...

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  5. Hi Alice,
    How nice of you to comment about the barn. It does have a great feeling to it. I am so glad you are enjoying the studio tour. I am thrilled that you and others have come out for it. Great support. Thanks.

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  6. Hi Sharon,
    Thanks for visiting my studio part of the open studio tour. I do feel very fortunate to be here. Your name is in the hat again.. Good luck.

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  7. Hi Marsha,
    Hope you got your hot chocolate--Thanks for visiting our barn. It is a great place. Glad you like the pics. Your name is back in the hat.

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  8. Hi Marie, I am glad my little tour gave you some new insight into my work and how nice of you to comment on that. I am putting return commenters in the hat a 2nd time.

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  9. You have such a WONDERFUL workspace...just awesome Mary! I can see why you make such beautiful work!

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  10. Hi Sharon,
    Thanks for writing in. And for your nice comment. You are in the hat. Drawing is coming very soon.

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  11. Your studio space makes me drool - how wonderful. The old barn has such character - a perfect foil to your work.

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  12. You live in such a lovely place.
    That barn is fantasic, reminds me of my aunt and uncle's when we were kids. Playing in the loft and exploring the rest of the spaces. Yours is much cleaner though. :)

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  13. Oh Mary, what a fantastic space. As a farm county raised girl, this just makes my heart sing. What a truly beautiful space!

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