POTTERY STUDIO UPDATE
Anyone who knows me knows that I love to get my hands a little dirty. From my start in furniture building to my enthusiasm for slapping paint samples up on my clients’ walls to my constant DIY projects around the house that drive Nate insane, there’s just something about creating something yourself that’s so rewarding. So, from the second I sat down at a pottery wheel, I knew it was going to be a love affair. I was hooked. The feel of the wet clay, the imperfect variations of glazes and firing, the rustic elements of the finished product, and of course, the obvious feeling that I’m the embodiment of Demi Moore in Ghost: it was everything I had ever needed.
Once I found pottery and realized how much I loved it, it seemed only natural to build a place where I could get creative and experiment with clay whenever I wanted. From the design to the construction of this pottery studio it’s been a labor of love, and I’m so excited to get to throw some clay on a wheel and get messy in it.
Conceptually, I wanted the space to mimic the feel of the clay: rustic, earthy, soft, old-world, and just a little tarnished (but in the best possible way). There’s something so gorgeous about the natural imperfections of ceramic work, and I decided to go with materials that echoed that aesthetic.
For the walls, I decided to go with a current obsession of mine: Portola Paint’s Guru, an amazing speciality finish paint with the look of venetian plaster. It has an effortless old-world feel that is simply gorgeous, in an earthy, deep, brownish grey. Below a reclaimed floating wood shelf that runs across one wall, I selected some incredible tiles from Clé Tile. These 4” square Ancestral Iron tiles are part of their Eastern Earthenware collection, and with a rich, dark metallic glaze, each tile is completely unique and has the hand-crafted appearance that I was looking for.
The floors needed to feel rugged and not too precious (after all — they’re going to get clay all over them once I get going in there), but still special. So for a border, I selected a simple, beautiful grey marble from Exquisite Surfaces and went with a simple white cement tile as the main floor. Grenada Tile makes really wonderful, tough, beautifully crafted cement tile — seriously, this stuff can take a BEATING. I know, I know, it seems totally counter intuitive to put a light color (especially white) on the floor of a ceramics studio, but trust me, these tiles are up to the task, and the lightness brightens up the whole space.
But the finishing touch to this space was the doorway. Yes, I wanted a moody, rustic, soft look for the space, but it’s also first and foremost an artist’s studio, and light is always an important factor in creating art. So I had custom steel casement and glass doors from Pinky’s Iron Doors designed for the entire front of the studio allowing not only for light to pour into the space, but also for anyone working inside to have a view out onto the courtyard just outside, which I plan to make an oasis of greenery with potted plants. Fun fact, they are the same doors we used for our main house as well! These doors add such a cool, modern, industrial vibe to the space. Plus, you can’t beat the way the sunlight plays off of the metallics of the Ancestral Iron tiles — it’s truly magical.
I am so thrilled to reveal this studio to everyone — it’s been a constant source of excitement over the last few weeks, and it looks incredible! There’s something so special about the way it turned out, and how much inspiration this space exudes. I truly can’t wait to get down and dirty in here and to create some amazing pieces — see you all on the wheel!