Our Open Front Doors. Our place is like a castle really!
On Saturday, at about one minute to one, we flung open the front door and were able to have our open studio day, having finally tidied away a mountain of "stuff", mopped the floors, dusted the shelves, set out a display of work, and made the place look like a working studio again..., instead of a demolition site. It was a great feeling to have got to this point after several days of really hard work.
Laura will do most of her work at this table where she will have lots of light.
We are both excited about how the place looks and feels now that the changes have been made, and are looking forward to getting back to the real work of making new things.
Lots of books to look at, and interesting paintings in the available spaces!
I have taken photos to give you some impression of how the place looks now in our studio area. It was rather late in the day when I took the photos, so the lighting is not the best, but they should give some idea of what you might see if you dropped in on us on an open studio day (we are also open again today, Sunday 1pm - 5pm).
"Flora" an Oamaru Limestone sculpture I did a few months after visiting the UK 11 years ago.
The view from Laura's table into the rest of the room.
Plans draws are good for storing works on paper in, and displaying pots on.
My etching press, which has also doubled as a slab roller and stone crusher!
A home made light table is also a useful display area for folders with photos of our work.
Laura caught in the act of watering plants! Laura is emerging from behind the old post office counter, behind her is the doorway into my potting studio.
Where stamps were once sold, the counter is useful now for displaying pots on.
If you go behind the counter you will discover a little hallway display room.
Small pots are displayed on this old piano.
A lovely painting by Laura graces a door in the hall.
Heading into my studio.
There is a display of small pots in old post office pigeon holes.
Lots of shelves for storing glaze materials and pots.