How to Start a Ceramic Studio

Ceramic artifacts have been found in archeological digs for years. The pottery is beautiful, durable and tough.
They depict different cultures, tradition and ancient practices. There is a huge range of products made in ceramic studio.
Common products include porcelain, earthenware and stoneware. Other ceramic materials include cement, pottery, bricks and composite materials. They have high economic value and attract premium prices.

Product Made from Clay
Ceramic studios produce many commercial products made from clay. Clay products include earthenware and bone china. Others are porcelain, vitreous and stoneware.
  • Earthenware
  • Bone china
  • Porcelain
  • Vitreous
  • Stoneware
Pottery Equipment and Storage
Pottery studios require moderate investment in equipment. However the equipment is durable and long-lasting.
The type of equipment you buy depends on the production methodology. There are two techniques, build by hand or wheel throwing method.
To operate a wheel throwing studio you need a dedicated studio space. Throwing studio equipment are the wheel, work table, kilns and damp room. Others include storage area, bat storage, tools box, glazing room, clay storage space.
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Storage Space
  • Damp room
  • Material storage area
  • Bat storage
  • Shelves
  • Tools box
  • Glazing room
  • Clay storage space.
Pottery Room Equipment
  • Wheel
  • Work table
  • Kilns
Tools
You need to purchase some basic tools such as wooden bowl rib, wire tool and sponge. Other tools include needle pro, wooden triangle, rubber ribs, wooden knife and ruler. More basic tools are paint brushes, turn table, trimming tools, glazing tongs.
  • Calipers
  • Carving tools
  • Large bowl rib
  • Throwing stick
  • Wooden bowl rib
  • Wire tool
  • Sponge
  • Needle pro
  • Wooden triangle
  • Rubber ribs
  • Wooden knife
  • Ruler
  • Basic tools
  • Paint brushes
  • Turn table
  • Trimming tools
  • Glazing tongs.
Safety protocols
You need to put in place some safety protocols. Clean the studio and mop the floors after working in the studio because clay dust contains hazardous silica material.
 Store your glazing powder in a secure lid container. Use lots of storage containers and lockup cabinets. Make sure you have good lighting, proper ventilation and adequate power supply.
Environmental and Waste Management
You need to put in place a proper waste management system. Clay will clog you plumbing and cause serious waste water issues.
How to Start a Ceramic Studio
Before you can start your studio first write a business plan. Then conduct a feasibility study.
The next step is to learn the trade and develop your artistic talent. Join a thrift association and apply for loan. You could approach a commercial bank in your area or find an investor.
Register your business name, get health insurance and lease a facility. Finally promote your business in stores and supermarkets in your locality.


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