Building Progress - May, 2006


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May 02 - 09 - Studio throwing area completed.

Rita got frustrated with teaching in the Clay House limited space and instructed the crew to get the throwing area ready for teaching classes.


She found a photographer's developing sink that was destine for the dump. She salvaged it and the crew made a rough-cut hemlock sink base.


They sanded, primed and painted the walls in the throwing area and she moved her classes from the Clay House.





On May 8th, it was appropriate that the first students taught in the new studio were children. Tiana is on the left and Alexis on the right. The dog is Sue and was not part of the class. She was just observing.

May 9 - 23 - Preparing for the porch pour and other work.




After the studio throwing area was finished, the crew then started preparing to pour the cement on the porch. Here you see the base of pea gravel, wire reinforcement, and expansion joints.


Move you mouse over the picture to see the "After" picture.






While we waited for good weather to pour, they worked inside taping and applying joint compound to the sheetrock.


Charlie, our cat, fell in love with the beams and found new places the sleep - away from the dog's playfull moves.








May 24, 25 - the pouring of the porch:


We got the porch ready to pour in early May. Then it rained for two weeks.

We waited.

By May 24th, it finally dryed out enough for us to pour.

We spent two days pouring the porch. One day we poured the sides, the next day, the front. We poured just under 19 cubic yards of cement.






Here Rita is stamping the date into a cornor of the porch.











Here Rita is setting the tile she made for the front entry.


Rita describes her tile design: "The porch entry tile are individually unique: each one shaped to fit its neighbor. They are suggestive of figures dancing and make us smile at their comic poses. They also reflect our belief in unity despite diversity."










The tile at rest.