There comes a time in our lives when we start thinking about what our future holds and where we need to be. For me that has always been about every five years!

I guess I just need to shake things up a bit, every now and then.

In 2015 I bought the building where I currently have my studio with lots of plans for it. I wanted to hold Painting Parties, I needed a space to offer Reiki and Reiki Classes. I needed a small storefront to hold and sell my finished pottery and of course, I needed to make and fire my pottery.

The building was perfect for all of that. Its an artists dream studio space.

I held Painting Parties, I gave Reiki classes and sessions, I sold pottery from my little storefront and I made Lots and Lots of Pottery!

But as time rolled on and I grew a bit older, I started to release a lot of these things until all I used the studio for was…..to make pottery.

Meanwhile, my hubs and I found a pretty messed up lot on a sweet little lake in Arkansas. It was always on my bucket list to live on a lake. We cleared and cleaned the land and built a tiny one bedroom, one bath “cabin” with a big picture window that looks out over the lake.

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We so fell in love with this lake home that we found it harder and harder to go “home” (a mere 20 drive from my studio!)

After thinking about it for over a year! We have decided to make the lake home our permanent home.

But what about the studio?

I know for many of you being 20 minutes from work is nothing. A drop in the time bucket. However for me, I felt so inspired and creative at the lake that I found it harder and harder to make that drive.

Good thing Emily and Max needed my love and attention!
So two weeks ago I woke up one morning and said “time to sell the studio and build a small shop at the lake when I can work and play, garden and bake bread, read a book or work on my website, with my hubs, my dogs and of course, Max and Emily, by my side.”

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I called a Realtor and listed the studio not expecting a quick sale but I was wrong and within 3 days I had an offer…not just one but two!

I didn’t expect it, but since the studio sold right away I had to get my butt in gear to get the new studio up and running! I quickly ordered a 12 x24 Portable Building to be my new studio. It should show up any day now and we will begin to make it into a perfect little studio where I can work to my little hearts content.

For the next few months I will be concentrating on making this move. I have to fit 1600 sq ft of stuff into a really small space! But I am so excited for this next phase of my life. I have a feeling I will be able to really concentrate more on my art!

I will keep you posted on how its going. My next big show is at the end of July so I will be back at it soon!

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In 2015 I bought the building where I currently have my studio with lots of plans for it. I wanted to hold Painting Parties, I needed a space to offer Reiki and Reiki Classes. I needed a small storefront to hold and sell my finished pottery and of course, I needed to make and fire my pottery.

The building was perfect for all of that. Its an artists dream studio space.

I held Painting Parties, I gave Reiki classes and sessions, I sold pottery from my little storefront and I made Lots and Lots of Pottery!

But as time rolled on and I grew a bit older, I started to release a lot of these things until all I used the studio for was…..to make pottery.

Meanwhile, my hubs and I found a pretty messed up lot on a sweet little lake in Arkansas. It was always on my bucket list to live on a lake. We cleared and cleaned the land and built a tiny one bedroom, one bath “cabin” with a big picture window that looks out over the lake.

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We so fell in love with this lake home that we found it harder and harder to go “home” (a mere 20 drive from my studio!)

After thinking about it for over a year! We have decided to make the lake home our permanent home.

But what about the studio?

I know for many of you being 20 minutes from work is nothing. A drop in the time bucket. However for me, I felt so inspired and creative at the lake that I found it harder and harder to make that drive.

Good thing Emily and Max needed my love and attention!
So two weeks ago I woke up one morning and said “time to sell the studio and build a small shop at the lake when I can work and play, garden and bake bread, read a book or work on my website, with my hubs, my dogs and of course, Max and Emily, by my side.”

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I called a Realtor and listed the studio not expecting a quick sale but I was wrong and within 3 days I had an offer…not just one but two!

I didn’t expect it, but since the studio sold right away I had to get my butt in gear to get the new studio up and running! I quickly ordered a 12 x24 Portable Building to be my new studio. It should show up any day now and we will begin to make it into a perfect little studio where I can work to my little hearts content.

For the next few months I will be concentrating on making this move. I have to fit 1600 sq ft of stuff into a really small space! But I am so excited for this next phase of my life. I have a feeling I will be able to really concentrate more on my art!

I will keep you posted on how its going. My next big show is at the end of July so I will be back at it soon!

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My name is Dani and I am the potter behind this page! I am retired and having a ball being the artist I always wanted to be. My studio is located in NW Arkansas where I live a quiet life, on a lake with my husband, 3 dogs and two cats.

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This is the type of scale I use when weighing out clay. Its perfect for clay weighing, doesnt need batteries and cleans up easily

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LED Shop Lights

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Do you need some extra lighting in your studio? I bought these and I couldn't be happier. They are lightweight but really bright. There is basically no installation. You can hang them or screw them into place. You can even plug them into each other so they turn on altogether. Plus they are LED which means they will last a really long time and use little electricity.
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I bought this so that I could record video while I am making stuff. It works great.  The arm attaches to the table with a thumb screw. The part that holds your phone is spring loaded and almost too strong of a spring. I pinch my fingers a lot but I know the phone won't fall out into my clay water!!
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4 Comments

  1. Christi Alexander
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    Congratulations. When it is right it is easy. I did my stain glass out of a shed in Bend OR. It worked out just fine. I had electricity and water. It was the perfect space. We just moved to AZ and once again am building a new studio.

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  2. Marty
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    This is exciting Dani. It makes perfect sense to downsize your space and live exactly where you are most inspired. I’m glad Max and Emily are going with you, I’m sure they’ll love seeing you more, since you’ll be a coffee cup wall across the yard. I can’t wait to see how you reorganize into a smaller space.

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  3. Kurt Hoffmann
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    Hi Dani, Congratulations to both of you! Your cozy cabin and studio look great. My small little garage studio in Mt Shasta, CA is evolving slowly. I have a wheel and a makeshift wedging table, locker for storage and … I’m the one that bought the “old, but lightly used” Cress FX-27 kiln (you have helped me via e-mail with manual firing schedules). I am looking at acquiring a slightly used Skutt KM1018. Should be a great upgrade since it is automatic many features not found on my Cress. I have limited production, but my heart goes into each p Kurt Hoffmann, Mt Shasta, CAiece I create … hence I named my studio “Heart to Hands Pottery of Mt Shasta.” Best wishes with your new endeavors. I’ll stay tuned in for updates!

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  4. Tammy Fujibayashi
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    Congrats!
    I understand.

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