rahu rd studio
The last key part in my plan for Rahu Rd Pottery is to build a decent sized pottery studio. A spacious building to make pots in, a space to teach others in and a space that encourages the creative juices. But first I have to carve out a step from the hillside and build a retaining wall. So my ever-helpful neighbour popped over to drive the digger while I established levels. He also lent me a couple of hand augers to dig the post holes. It was a fairly physical process digging through the clay layers, but it has provided me with 2 decent piles of different clays that I’m testing out to see how best to use them. The wall is now finished and the platform ready for the pole barn. The Council came through with the building permit and so I got busy digging holes. What a mission, the rain, the clay, the rocks in hard places, the sewer water and the phone cable all got in the way. But eventually and expensively I managed to work around all these problems and get the council sign off on my holes. Now the building could commence, starting with a pile of timber from Goldpine. I hired a builder, Rudolph and together we set the poles into position and then I started to concrete everything that looked like a hole. Next up was the bearers and joists, another council tick and we're into laying the plywood floor. Finally we have a level, dry surface to work from as we cut the rafters and purlins, working from the top down, finally into the wall girts. Next up was a delay waiting for tin and a break in the weather, then it was race against the frequent showers to clad the building in green Coloursteel. So that's the outsides sorted, now to work on the insides...To see more updates of how I'm getting along head to my Rahu Road Pottery wesbite using the link below.
rahu rd gallery
The gallery is a 10 square metre tin box, with a 50 degree pitched roof and designed to be relocateable if needed. It’s been fun translating ideas from sketches through the technical drawings to the building process. I’ve found the greatest pleasure is when the site is cleared and you pace out the site, sit and cogitate on the sun’s angles, think about the wind and rain and finally pin out the corners — locking forever the building idea to the ground.
The actual construction process is a battle of accuracy over tools and materials. Somehow things work out and the skeleton finally pops up, but is it as my minds-eye saw it? The ideas change as the building is constructed, but how malleable is the shed to changes when I’ve already cut the timber and tin?
The last 5% of the build seems to take disproportionately long, one of decisions that I've taken longest over is the paint colours. But finally it's all painted and open for business, so pop in if you're passing and have a look. For more information about what's on display please check out my Rahu Road Pottery website by clicking on the link below.