Moving day

Hooray! I moved into the studio yesterday - very exciting! I picked up the keys on Wednesday evening from Mizuyo  while she was covering her friend's lovely shop Momosan in Shoreditch.

Thursday morning was a mad rush to take my bike in to be re-wired then back home to collect my boxes of tools & buckets/sponges etc, wait for a wab and then off to the studio to await deliveries.

I cunningly left my phone at Mr H's so was uncontactable on the day - so had to spend most of the day hovering on the walk way watching every van that came in to see if it was for me. Top planning there!

Anyway, the wheel arrived safely on my very own pallet, and provided lots of lovely cardboard and packing peanuts etc that I'm sure will come in handy one day. It felt good to unpack, move a few things around in the space and start making it my own.

Sadly, because I was uncontactable the second big delivery did not set out for me, so I will have to wait til tuesday for the clay now. My own fault.

Luckily there was a workbench and a desk and a swanky leather reclining office chair and some shelves and sone drawers left in the space so there's enough to be starting out, but I am already pondering additional lighting, some more shelves, and either a new higher table or a way of raising the height of the workbench as it's much to low for me... which could be tricky as the partition is screwed into it... Lots to ponder over the coming months.

Also met some more of others who have spaces in the studio, including Buddug and one of the guys from Parasite ceramics. I look forward to getting to know them better.

Getting a workspace

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I tried doing evening classes. You probably have too. They are just too short to do anything in, particularly with ceramics when you have to spend so long wrapping everything up and cleaning up.

And its not an easy thing to do at home. Particularly if you share a house with others, or live in a crowded city, as I do.

So I decided to look for a workspace of my own.

A lot of the big studio providers were not helpful. They wanted a portfolio before they would think about renting you a space. Total catch 22 as I cant produce a portfolio of work until I have somewhere to produce it.

I did find a useful website you could search to find all the currently available studio spaces in London. You can't search by what you need from a space (like water) but it was helpful in discovering just how many companies and organisations are currently providing spaces.

(When I'm back home I'll dig out the address and add a link in case it's helpful)

Basically I ended up trawling through everything offered by all the providers looking for something that fitted the bill.

I wanted a decent size, daylight, water, power, close to my house, not tooo expensive and preferably other potters in the vicinity.

One place in Bow was very promising, and the people were very helpful - despite my lack of portfolio. Again I'll try and add a link.

But in the end another route came up trumps...

Having subscribed to ceramic review, I was avidly reading the small ads and found one for a shared studio in Hackney. For some reason I didn't follow it up for a month, so when I got in touch that space was gone. BUT. Luckily for me someone else had decided to move out and Igot the next space.

I move in on Sept 20th. Can't wait.

I'll have 1/5 of the space, nice people to share with, communal kilns to use - and amazing views over east london!