I really am enjoying this new workshop. I love the space it gives me. I previously worked in a tiny space, maybe 8×5′ which doesn’t give a lot of scope for a wheel and a workbench and room to turn. I managed though and I liked my view into the garden, watching deer come right up to the window and the washing billowing on the line. However, it really was too small, and it was time to move and now, I don’t miss it.
It’s amazing what can be done in a short time with some extra space. Previously I could do a throwing session of about 20 mugs max, then had to stop when I ran out of space. The next day I would turn and finsh or attach handles, then stop because there was no more space. Then the day after I’d leave things to dry out a bit before reclaiming my space by packing it all up and take it to my friend’s pottery where our kiln lives. It was a bit of a slow process and nothing else could be made in that time in the space I had.
Now….well now, in the same day I can throw, turn, glaze and dance in all this spacious space if I want! There’s still the to and fro from the kiln but what a difference it makes to have so much space.
So thanks goes to my other half putting in worktops, my daughter painting walls, the joiner for blocking in pipes and the really supportive staff at Holy Loch Marina who have been amazing at sorting everything out for me. I am looking forward to finding out how productive and how creative a bigger space can make.
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