While I currently make my living as a web designer (by day) and tiny house blogger/designer (by night) I was once a full-time studio potter. I mentioned this fact in a post called Daydreaming about Tiny House Pottery.
Colin, also a potter bitten by the tiny house bug, happy to have found a kindred spirit, shared his dream of building a tiny live/work space with me. He’d like to build a tiny house pottery studio and take it on the road by the end of 2011.
The primary design challenge is what to do with all the dust. Pottery studios typically don’t make good live/work spaces because no matter what you do, you have to deal with dust packed with silica, alumina, and all sorts of nasty little particles. Even when you work with non-toxic materials the dust is so fine it gets everywhere which can lead to respiratory troubles.
To solve this problem Colin is currently thinking that a tiny house split into two separate spaces with entrances at each end of the house would keep the dust in its place. Pictured here is a drawing Colin drew using Google SketchUp. To get the 2D view he exported the image after selecting the top down view (Camera > Standard Views > Top).
The living space would contain a small kitchen, desk/table, seating, and a wet bath. The sleeping loft would extend over the pottery studio since the added ceiling height is not needed in there.
Heating a small space like this with a wood stove would be a little tricky for a number of reasons – fire proofing being the most important – but I think it could be done. Potters are fairly clever with fire so I imagine Colin has some ideas brewing in the back of his head like using ceramic fiber board or other high-temperature kiln materials to keep the heat where it belongs.
The studio space would provide just enough room for a potters wheel and shelving. I imagine he’ll finish the inside of the studio in a way that facilitates the occasional wash-down. He’ll leave the kiln behind and rent kiln space from other potters while on the road.
Thanks again for sharing this with us Colin!