Workspaces & Studios forum: My "Yurtio"

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Jun 28, 2010 3:29 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
This is my studio. My previous "studio space" was a dirt-floored vinyl tent, which was hotter than the dickens in the summer, and freezing in the winter. We had a bad storm that ripped the roof off of it, and a lot of my supplies and equipment were damaged or lost.

My husband designed this to replace the Doughboy above-ground swimming pool that we weren't using much. It fit perfectly into the space in the garden, and the ground was already cleared and leveled. Because the pool was round, he based the design on a yurt, which is a round dwelling used by nomadic peoples of Central Asia.

The structure is 16 feet in diameter. The roof is made of triple-wall, bronze-tinted polycarbonate greenhouse material cut into 16 sections. The outside walls are exterior paneling, painted to match our house. The middle wall layer is 1-1/2 inch polystyrene foam insulation, and the interior walls are 1/8-inch masonite. The cupola on top, which fills the center "smoke hole" is a 24-inch wind turbine that I painted with copper Rustoleum, and which does a good job of sucking hot air out in the summer. There's also a ceiling fan inside, as well as a nice propane heater that doubles as a bistro table.

The doors were freecycled from a client, who replaced them because they were badly water-damaged. I treated them with home-made "stop-rot", then we routed out the really bad parts & replaced them with plywood & fill, and rolled 5 coats of exterior enamel on them. They form a very cool "bay window" onto the little front deck. Two of the doors open wide enough to get large stuff in and out, and for ventilation.

The floor is commercial vinyl tile, which cleans up nicely. The interior walls are painted with high-gloss exterior paint, which is also pretty easy to clean.

The space took about 10 months to build from start to finish, including a 2-day "yurt-raising" weekend that included most of our friends. It's been great to have a weather-resistant space to work for the past couple of years!

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Feb 22, 2011 5:07 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Here's a spliced-together 360-degree view of the inside. Of course, this was taken on a day when it was clean....which is rare!

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Feb 22, 2011 5:58 PM CST
Name: Pauline
Minneapolis, MN
So nice. A wonderful place to work.
Jul 5, 2011 6:29 PM CST
Name: Jenny
Phoenix, AZ
Find joy in the creative process.
I dream of the day when I can have my own little studio. And how clean! I'm guessing even on messy days it's clean compared to most pottery studios I've been in.
Jul 5, 2011 11:57 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
LOL----I had to spend all my "studio time" today doing dishes (washing tools) and mopping the floor. After several days of throwing and trimming, even when I sweep and use my little Dustbuster, the place was a disaster. It's been 100 for the past several days, and it's been too hot to work with clay out there even with the fan going. I'm hoping tomorrow I can get an early start and get something done by the time it gets over 90.

I can't even tell you how wonderful it is to have a totally separate place at home to work with clay and glazes and leave stuff out if I need to. It's been heaven!
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Jul 17, 2011 1:32 PM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
what a great place .. Thumbs up on the recycling
if my studio is ever really clean then I must be dead .. Whistling
Jul 17, 2011 9:37 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
It hardly EVER looks like that now that I'm actually working in it!
I'm a huge fan of recycling whenever possible. I'm tumbling all my rejected bisque in the concrete mixer and using it as mulch!
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