Setting Up a Pottery Studio

Setting up a pottery studio will require some investments, but once you have the equipment, with minimal maintenance, it will last for many years.

For the hobbyist, setting up shop could be as simple as acquiring a wheel, a work table and a small shelf unit to store your work in progress. But for the serious potter, setting up shop will require quite a bit more equipment.


For a wheel throwing studio, you will need a space large enough to have a wheel, a work table, a clay storage area, (ideally under the work table), shelves to keep your work on, a sink with running water, a tool storage area, a separate room for glazing and kiln firing.

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Storage Shelf

Once your pieces are made, you will need to have a storage shelf to keep them on until you are ready to fire or glaze them. A simple wooden shelf works well, but if you are cramped on space, you can construct a simple wall shelf out of 2 x 4 and 1″ dowels. Drill 1″ holes into two 2 x 4’s and secure them to the wall.

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