Pottery Studio

March 5, 2018

A barn built for art combines a variety of needs

As a ceramics instructor at a local school, our Australian client longed for her own pottery studio. As is common, the new building was tasked with housing a variety of family needs, and Geobarns was engaged to fit the studio, automotive garage, and root cellar, as well as a cantilevered addition housing a high-temperature kiln. The Geobarns crew lived with the owner, a talented home chef, and survived the six week build in brutal winter conditions from meal to meal.

We would like to thank you and your crew for our beautiful new pottery barn. From the conceptional ideas to the original plan, and from the crafted architectural frame to the finished barn, the whole process unfolded like a choreographed dance. The building took shape so effortlessly that we still can’t believe we own such an awe inspiring structure. The perfect proportions and graceful lines of our new barn are so satisfying to the mind and soul. We gaze up at our perfectly formed cupola and admire the finished details of the doors, cantilevered roof, and suspended kiln room. George you designed our barn to fit us perfectly. Form certainly follows function in this building. We appreciate the practical use of space to create our “Hobbit hole” root cellar and the raised workroom complete with wide “Hobbit doors.”

Infinite possibilities are available to us as we decide how best to use our huge second floor with its lofty ceilings and views to a grove of Black Locust trees. The barn is situated perfectly to take advantage of the winter sunshine while the transom windows provide that extra boost of light, giving the upper floor its own peaceful personality. We are very excited about constructing the interior with an eye to retaining the wonderful sense of spaciousness that is created by the douglas fir beams.

We would like to thank you Geobarns for creating such a creative, expansive and artistic space for us. It is the perfect home for all our future studio art endeavors into clay, glazes and kiln firings. And of course Bob’s workshop and root cellar too. A special thanks to the wonderful crew of Faith, Andrew, Justin and Tenley. Their skill, care and concern was evident at every step of the way. We have no doubt that we made the right choice by going with Geobarns. We feel like we have met some authentic Vermonters and made some great friends along the way.

Yours sincerely,