Banner-Ceramic Art

 

   THE STUDIO

overview | work table | gallery | potter's wheel | utility | windows| deck | silk-screen | shelving | storage | kiln | utility | access

 

Overview of Porcelain Grace studio main room

  • Overview of studio, ceramicist Meryl Ruth presiding. Details shown below.

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Drafting table area.

  • This drafting table, one of two in the studio, is used for drawing and creating designs.
  • Ceramic works are designed here, and when they almost completed, this is also the area used for adding delicate, detailed cold finishes.

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  Gallery display area.

  • A  gallery display area is where some completed works are show.
  • There is track lighting above display shelving to enhance the view of the ceramic pieces exhibited there.
  • The large airy windows look out on the nearby lake.
  • The display space abuts an area with abundant shelves for storage of supplies.
  • Shown also are the large bright windows overlooking the lake outside and the high cathedral cieling that adds a brightness to the studio ambience.

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Potter's wheel area.

  • At the far lower right is the location in the studio where the potter's wheel is located.
  • Above the wheel is my collection of glazes, underglazes and lusters.
  • The second work area is shown here. Above the table is a series of bright windows with inspiring outdoor forest views.
  • The windows are adorned with chili pepper lights, a gift from my children.

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Sink area.

  • The utility sink area for washing equipment and supplying water for maintaining optimal workability of clay.
  • Addiitonal shelving is shown for more supplies and a pegboard panel holding tools for ceramic art work.
  • Shown here is an exhibition of Hanging Loose Tea, a series of hanging teapots.

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Another gallery display area.

  • Another view of the gallery display area is shown to provide a better perspective on the studio's intimacy with nature.

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Deck views from studio.

  • The deck just outside the studio offers views of the deck overlooking the surrounding Maine woods and the pristine lake below.

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Silkscreen exposure table.

  • Silkscreen exposure unit is set up and ready for use for elaborate embellishment of ceramic surfaces.

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Shelving for gallery displays.

  • More shelving for storage and display can be seen alongside the computer-operated component of our geothermal heating and cooling system.
  • The studio has its own temperature regulator.

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Place for Lily, the Chihuahua Muse.

  • And there is even a place for Lily, my Muse and pet Chihuahua, to contemplate progress and ensure quality and promise.

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Kilns shown

  • On ground level, with direct access to the out-of-doors, are the computer-controlled kilns for finely-controlled temperature regulation during the vitrification process that converts worked and decorated clay to ceramic art forms.

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Clean-up area shown.

  • There is a clean-up area available in the immediate vicinity of the kilns as well.

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Kiln view of outdoors.

  • The kiln area looks out onto the lake front as well with access via glass doors

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