Taking up a fun and creative hobby like pottery can reduce stress and lower your blood pressure, and setting up a home pottery studio will allow you to practice your pottery without leaving the house. Imagine how relaxing throwing your own pots from the comfort of your very own private studio could be! You don't need to be a millionaire to set up your very own home pottery studio. You do need some space, however. Even if you're a neat freak, pottery is a messy hobby. You definitely need to set up shop in a spot that has tile or concrete flooring and excellent ventilation. Your pottery is going to create a ton of ceramic dust that your vacuum won't pick up. You'll have to wipe it down with a wet cloth because it can be dangerous to inhale. With all that in mind, here are the essentials of a home pottery studio.
The potter's wheel is probably the most fun thing you will buy for your home studio. This is where the magic happens; it's at your potter's wheel that you'll be throwing your masterpieces. There are a huge variety of wheels you can choose from, but you'll probably only have room for one in your studio so you'll need to choose carefully. First, you'll need to decide between an electric wheel and a kick wheel. An electric potter's wheel will spin your clay for you automatically so you can concentrate only on shaping it. A kick wheel needs to be operated manually, or rather with your foot. Some potters prefer the control a kick wheel gives them. If you are willing to spend the money, though, you can buy an electric wheel that offers you just as much if not more control.
You are going to need plenty of space to store your pottery as you wait for it to dry. This could take days or even weeks, so you'll want to invest in enough shelves to hold everything you make while you're waiting. You will also want shelves and storage to keep all of your pottery tools and supplies, plus space to store your extra clay.
A wedging table is used for controlling the moisture in clay and removing air bubbles and impurities. This is a table topped with plaster that will wick water out of your clay. This is especially important for your recycled clay. You can make a wedging table yourself, or you can buy one from an artist's supply store or website.
You need a lot of water to throw pottery and it gets quite messy. You need a room with a big sink for your pottery studio. You don't want to have to slop buckets of water back and forth through your house. You can't put your slip or used clay in the sink. It will wreck your plumbing. You need a huge trash can to put all of your clay scraps in. Once you fill it up, you can dig the old clay back out, wedge it and reuse it.
Actually, unless you are a professional ceramicist or very, very rich, you really do not need your own kiln in your home pottery studio. You can take all of your bone dry pieces and bisque ware to be fired at a local ceramic studio or a community college.