Ceramics/Pottery Studio Tour – Our Equipment, Storage, and Materials

Ceramics/Pottery Studio Tour – Our Equipment, Storage, and Materials


what’s up everybody my name is Jim and
we’re going to work early today get some grading done to load some kilns and to
show you a tour of the studio now today is actually an institute day which means
there are no students and we have meetings with other teachers or schools
in the area with the administration to talk about updates for curriculum
things in the community or we have guest speakers that are experts in education kind of a cool day nobody’s here yet
it’s so early you know when you go to somebody’s house and they say oh excuse
the mess and you say oh it’s fine I need you to be that person right now this
room is pretty clean for a ceramics studio but you know work in progress I forgot my camera back at home and I
have low battery and I also locked myself out of my room going back to my car
look for the bag it’s not my day hopefully things will look up in the
next few minutes of our glazing area all these orange buckets I mixed myself got
the recipes right there one of our kick wheels we’re also working on paper
templates right now for some slab vessels I always like to have the kick
wheel here just to show kids that things used to be a lot harder than they are
now right appreciate modern technology there are some more glazes some old ones
our sinks we don’t have any traps so I have these big buckets that catch all
the clay and then the overflow of water you just have too much in there to clog
up the sinks any suggestions for a better system please let me know clay
area wedging table plastic batts five wheels over here our slab roller banding
wheels gosh it’s so awesome having this for any kind of work you do and we have
storage for kids cabinets other shelves my screen there for projecting images and that’s about the whole room at least
this part of the room we have six tables my desk good old Bob Ross can’t forget
him right and then we have what seven more wheels
and if you know this wheel Shimpo makes it we have one just one they call it the VL
whisper because it sounds like this a lot ready and amazing imagine a room of
fifteen right my head almost explodes but the reason this is so quiet is
because most of these wheels all the brent wheels you can see we have all
Brent’s pottery wheels they all have a motor back here and there’s a belt that
goes around some kind of shaft for the wheel head
but the Shimpo VL whisper has a motor right underneath to direct drive no belt
means no it saves a teacher’s fears I tell you anyways we’re very fortunate
though we have what one two three I was I always forget one two three four five
six we have 13 pottery wheels which for a high school is amazing and there’s the
view the view added the studio there’s a courtyard right back there you see it it’s nice I actually walk through the courtyard to
get to photo we’re very
fortunate to have all that we have let’s hop into the kiln room so full in this
room it’s over here pug mill and kind of our plaster bats for drying out
reclaimed clay or from the wheel this is a Peter pugger 100 in case you’re
looking to get a pug mill I always wrap this in plastic because if the kids have
liked clay all over their hands from on the wheel these buttons can get stuck
and so I wrap this in plastic tape it on the bottom keep the buttons from getting
all sticky and messy I’ve changed these clays three times for red clay to like a
stoneware to a different stoneware and then finally to like this really white
porcelain stoneware so I’ve cleaned this out a lot if you’re
ever looking to change out clays in your own pug mill I made a video about how I
did it on my channel I put the card up here and here big bucket of dry clay for
recycling and then we have big cart is where all the work goes or my kids get
their work fired we have stamps in the works we have
relief carbon got some bowls over there what else do we have let’s see what else
do we have organized by height makes my life a
little bit easier and your that this one has I don’t know like three large vases
than a bunch of relief carving tiles top holes out because it’s candling to go
all the moisture out this big shelf for all the fired work tons of stuff that’s
the kiln room and there’s one more place in this room I’m really excited about
kind of our glaze lab area we mix glazes in this room we do all kinds of other
things that involve dust and unhealthy things where’s my desk right there this
is our glaze lab in this room got a couple of cool things we have a nice
stainless steel countertop and below it all of these most common raw materials
kind of like your Custer feldspar your EPK Kaolin your gerstley borate your
calcium carbonate more of the common things that go into glazes on this shelf
here my favorite one all the colors that kind of add some color also some
texturizers for example copper carbonate typically used for greens and glazes
yellow iron oxide red iron oxide things like black nickel oxide cobalt carbonate
for your blues it looks purple but that’s what’s responsible for either
blues a lot of glazes below are some other materials just for I mean they all
have functions and glazes I want explain all of them bentonite really is just for
it’s called a plasticizer meaning it kind of helps your clay body retain
water or it helps suspend glaze helps make the clay more plastic and more
moldable this turns on part of the hood and this turns on the other part you see that this shelf here kind of the
more rare ones that we use sometimes for example silicon carbide is responsible
for at least for one glaze we’ve made so far getting it kind of a volcanic rock
look really add some insane texture to please strontium carbonate which
actually gives glazes turquoise kind of look attenion dioxide super pacs then
here kind of your medium common ones that i have for us a lot of your frits 3
1 2 4 3 1 3 4 3 1 1 0 the last tonight china clay this thing will kill you in
the right quantities and then storage for under glazes what do i have left
here decent amount went worse i’m soon and then just overflow storage for tools
things like that alright I almost forgot across the hall
is the storage room for all the clay here’s the storage room that we use for
all the clay tools materials overflow for a lot of things how much clay there
is there let me know how much actually nine by seven ish so like 63 70 boxes of
clay it’s a lot of clay got some raw materials here these here these are
actually pretty cool I called zagar’s you would typically put
these inside of larger Callens and you’d pack them full of sawdust and the work
and then like the sawdust wood fire and pull all of the oxygen out of the
atmosphere and give you kind of gradations of black or brown I don’t
even know how we have these maybe we had a gas come back in the day or honestly
I’ve never used one in an electric kiln before but maybe I suppose you probably
could I’m not sure if you know the answer to that question let me know how
much else in here just all this clay it’s quite a bit so this is the storage
area you know it took me like 10 tries you get a photo of that on top of
materials every time I had to go until I got it
my legs hurt it’s really dusting here – time to go oh one more thing been
working on this maybe a cool background for some videos in the future just
posters and things put up here they’re laminated on this whole cabinet just
looks it’s very tired it’s very tired so I figured if I can
just post it full of images and some demos sheets might look pretty cool
let’s try it you did it the battery didn’t die fantastic anyways thanks for
watching you guys are awesome it’s so good to see
you all if you found this video enjoyable if you like to see where I
work hit that like button if you have suggestion take this room better more
efficient or organized or just more colorful and inspiring let me know what
you think down below in the comments subscribe if you haven’t already because
I have videos each week on you know pottery ceramics plaster things like
this and and I will see you the next video

17 thoughts on “Ceramics/Pottery Studio Tour – Our Equipment, Storage, and Materials

  1. Wow very impressive studio. Storage space is always the biggest issue. Have you tried sink traps plumping kits? It's the best solution.

  2. You would not believe how excited I got when I saw the shirt you had on. I used to drive past that school like every day for the past 3 years on my way to College of DuPage before I transferred to ASU. Plus your studio looks so much like the one I took classes in when I was in high school so this video has given me the weirdest case of déjà vu. Love your videos and I can't wait to see more content in the future!

  3. I think your students are very blessed to have such an awesome studio. Can't really understand the school not installing traps, it saves their plumbing. The cost of traps is a lot lower than the cost of plumbing. Studio looks super clean compared to some that I've seen, great job keeping it organized. Thanks for the video, and you look cute in your glasses, real "academic".

  4. That's such an amazing work space, Jim. I'm teaching pottery at a City Recreational Program and my work area is the size of your clay storage room. We manage to fit a slab roller, a mid-size kiln, 12 glaze buckets, 5 wheels, a large table with 12 stools around it. The sink is in a different room and we have pretty much no storage. It'l very cozy to be in the space. It'd be so amazing if I ever get to work in the space you are in. Your kids are super lucky to have such an amazing facility in a school.

  5. I am so happy I found this video and your channel! My high school was very fortunate and had a fantastic ceramics room like yours. That’s where I discovered my love for clay and basically lived in the room during my entire high school career. It makes me so happy to see other high schools with huge ceramics rooms like this. It’s so important for kids to work with their hands and engage with raw materials and mediums. Can’t wait for more!! 😁

  6. For sinks, we have retrofitted dealies. We adapted to the drain plug with a 2.5in pipe, that comes up to about an inch from the top of the sink. Then we capped it, with a hole in the very center. Cleaning is a bit of a mess, but it works.

  7. I am thinking about opening a pottery school , but really don’t know how or where to start, did anyone have an idea of how much a pottery class of 100 students will cost to set up, with all the equipment, materials , tools, everything a pottery studio needs, I just need an approximate quote.. I am working on a non profit museum project and will love to have a pottery class …any help will be appreciated…thank you

  8. I teach in a Middle School, It is so wonderful to see how you set up your systems and classroom. for the sinks i just use a (assuming you live down in the USA) 5 Gallon bucket system- 1st bucket rinse off hands before you go to a sink. 2nd bucket is a settling tank for slip pail contents at the end of a session, and the third pail is for tray cleaning (i used to use a Mr. Turtle pool for tray cleaning- huge headache like the pink stain in cat in the hat the tray that needed cleaning at the end of each week was the Mr. Turtle pool)

  9. Studio looks great and organized! Love how you have your bats propped up. Wonderful to see other ideas

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  11. Kinda reminds me of my old HS studio my teacher had a MFA in ceramics and build one heck of a program via art club fundraisers. We even had a giant walk in glaze booth except she got lucky and got a giant building that had studio side then just regular art and photo side

  12. Hi I'm wondering where the pots are? I mean the examples of completed work or failures that we learn from, and beautiful images to inspire ? It looks very functional and organised …but where are the ideas, the design, the art, the colour?…like, the reason we all love clay…?

  13. That's a studio space that many a ceramics teacher would envy, including myself. I won't complain about mine, but it's not a fraction of that.
    Yesz you can use saggers in an electric kiln to contain atmospheric effects to just the pieces in them. It's still a little questionable, as any fumes can still seep out and affect the elements.

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