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Her DIY Pottery Studio Tiny House!

Originally, Maggie and her father were thinking of building a full-time-residence tiny home, but when her pottery hobby really took off back in 2020, the two decided a mobile pottery studio was in order.

Their 12×8 creation is absolutely stunning, and it has heating, AC, electricity, and plumbing. It acted as her storefront for a while, but now it’s parked on the land where Maggie and her fiancé are building their dream home. She was kind enough to do a Q&A with us, which you can read below!

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12 x 8 Father-Daughter Custom THOW Build

Here’s the 96 sq. ft. studio in its usual parking spot.

She has a desk space and room for her wheel.

Lots of shelving for her creations.

There’s a nice, deep sink in the back for washing up.

Track lighting shows everything in the best light.

Her adorable dog hiding under the table.

Some of her creations waiting for the final steps!

And here’s some of her pottery.

Love this cow-inspired mug!

And these ones! Too cute.

The colors here are stunning.

Interview with Maggie:

What inspired you to get a tiny studio?

My dad and I were originally planning to build a livable tiny house together in the spring of 2020 (total coincidence with the timing of the pandemic). When my pottery turned from a hobby into a career and it was clear that I would need my own studio, we transformed our plans from a standard livable tiny house to a pottery studio on wheels! At the time I didn’t have my own house and moved frequently, a tiny house-studio allowed me to bring pottery wherever I lived without having to convert or take over living spaces.

Did you DIY it or buy it?

DIY. My dad was a carpenter by trade when he was younger, he came out of retirement to do this father-daughter build! I can take credit for the idea and the design, but my dad was the true craftsman behind the build.

What do you use it for?

I use it as my pottery studio. Where I work full time making and selling ceramics.

Where do you park it?

Since the time of the build, my fiance purchased a lot and is currently building our dream house. The tiny house-studio is happily parked in its permanent location on the lot where it will likely live out the rest of its days. I used to take it to art markets and set it up as my “store front”, but breaking down my entire work set up just to move it became a little too much work after a while.

Would you recommend a tiny studio to other creators? Why or why not?

YES. A custom space to make custom art…what could be better!? You can create the perfect space for you, your working system and your craft.

Any advice for others thinking of following in your footsteps?

I would definitely get a trailer from a company that specifically manufactures them for tiny houses, it made building a “house” onto a non-traditional foundation much more straightforward. My other advice would be to do TONS of research. I spent over a year designing and researching this project before I even ordered the trailer.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • December 20, 2022, 12:08 pm

    What a perfect work space! I love all the light.

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