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Layout & Organization

 

Below are a few methods for improving work flow
 and organizing storage space in the  studio.

In order to make a living, as a working potter,
it is essential to utilize time and space to their fullest advantage.


It is important to enjoy the environment in which you work. When spending long hours in the studio, keeping it clean and organized goes a long way to improve a potters attitude

Ideas and photos in this section reflect years of modifications and improvements in both the studio atmosphere and efficiency.

 

Robert is a working potter, and has made his living from the sale
of his pots for the past 38 years.
His studio has undergone many renovations, accommodating changes in the methods for forming, and the types of pottery and techniques in which he works.

Storage Organization

In 2007 Robert began to utilize clear plastic boxes to organize and
store bisque ware.
This consumes less space in the studio, as boxes can be stacked and boxed protect pots while they await glazing and firing.
Robert throws & bisques his work in the Winter months.
A typical cycle may produce 2000 pieces which are made between November and April.
 These pots are glazed then fired in his outdoor wood kilns between May and October.

Storage Organization

In 2007 Robert renovated his studio.  Walls were removed creating an open floor plan, and floors were leveled, enabling the use of rolling ware carts.
Open shelving is used only
when pots are in the green or dry glazed stages. 

Plastic boxes, store bisque pots prior to glazing and are refilled with finished pots after the final glaze firing.

Robert's work routine is to throw during the winter, producing an entire years of inventory in four months. This results in a large number of pieces that are in the bisque stage waiting to be glazed and fired in the spring and summer.

Doing all the wet work in the winter, allows Robert time in the summer to give studio tours to visiting customers. In the summer glazing is done outdoors, utilizing the clean air and expanded space of an outdoor glazing deck.

Selling on the Web

On-Line Sales Gallery 


T
he Salt Glazed, Wood Fired, Pit and Raku Pottery Robert shows in his On Line Gallery are of specific individual pieces.

Each pot is photographed from multiple perspectives, and has its own page with descriptive information that is particular to that piece.

How does one store and keep track of each individual piece?

 Robert has a dedicated  "internet show room" in his studio.  Each piece that is on the web has a thumbnail photo (with the web page number) attached to that specific pot. (see photo at right)

This allows him to find the specific pot when customers order from the web site.

 Photographing each individual pot is time consuming, and it is only done for chosen pieces that are above average. These pots have some unique or interesting feature that resulted from the firing process.

 

Photo "above" is Pottery in Robert's internet room.
 Each piece has the photo and page number corresponding to its location on the web site.

 

Rolling ware carts are used inside the studio in the winter.
Their portability means that in the summer, they can be moved next to the his outdoor kilns, making them great staging racks when loading glazed ware into kilns.

Popular Production Pottery
 

Pottery (gas reduction fired) in the Popular Pottery section are representational samples.
The actual hand made piece that a customer orders varies slightly from the photo shown in shape and color.

These pots have a lower price point, reflecting the reduced work needed on firing and listing these pieces.

Robert does not use a shopping cart in the web site since he believes speaking with, or at least having email communication, adds a personal touch that is important.

 

Kilns and Firing Tips

There are Suggestions and Solutions
on kiln
Maintenance
on the page  
Firing Details

 

 Additional information on kilns can be found in Kiln Design Tips

 

 

 

2011 Robert Next to Ball Mill
note the
Wood Fired Noborigama
in background

 

 

 

 

 

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