Construction Zone

clipart under constructionAs many of you know, our studio has been a disaster for a very long time. We have been trying to get the studio organized while still continuing our regular schedule of classes, technique workshops, Party Van workshops, and Etsy orders. We have been especially busy with the holiday  season and extra gift orders.

This year we did not schedule any events for Christmas Break. Probably should have for those teachers, bus drivers, and children who are on vacation and looking for something to do. Perhaps we will plan some activities for the 2020 Break.

So, you ask, what have we been up to?

  • drywall clipartThe kitchen sink and cabinets are now completely down and the new wallboard is up.
  • Jim is working today on the mudding of joints and divots
  • We may get to painting today if dry enough, else tomorrow (green like the office side of the wall)
  • White shelf units are assembled and ready to move into place when the kitchenwall is finished.
  • Two of the five-foot tables have been removed from the front wall of the studio and replaced with black shelf units for bisque and samples. Some bisque has been moved to this side of the room.
  • Mixed-color shelving that was on the inner wall was replaced with black shelving — so far one unit holds Fashenhues supplies, bisque, and samples; the other holds Azure alcohol supplies, bisque, and samples.

What is there still to do?

  • clipart-tired-woman-1.pngPurchase additional black shelving units for both side of the studio.
  • Remove last five-foot table to accommodate more shelving
  • Shelve bisque and samples on new shelving.
  • Make labels for the shelving.
  • Hang sample plates and other flat items on the walls above the shelving.
  • Reorganize supply boxes (to accommodate what was in the kitchen cupboards) and locate where more accessible to students.
  • Put the “kitchen” room back in order.
    • even though no longer a kitchen, this room will hold bisque and samples that are used in a kitchen and need to be glazed — that is, plates, cups, steins, decanters, teapots, cookie jars, canister sets, etc.
    • organize student shelves
    • organize and label the glaze shelves
    • find location for two glaze craft carts and four bisque craft carts
  • dust and vacuum studio
  • dust and mop kitchen

Still on the to-do list

  • clipart to do liststore seasonal bisque and samples in closet bins
  • reorganize closet
  • clean desk — move stencil, silkscreen, and decal books to shelf more accessible to students
  • install two ceiling fans with schoolhouse lights
  • install additional track lighting past the fan/light
  • install bathroom wall; hang towel rings, mirror, and bisque
  • make and hang curtains in bathroom
  • build spray booth with fan exhaust hood


  • We want to have as much as possible finished by Saturday, January 4th.
  • Snowman with FriendWe reopen on Sunday, January 5th with our Let It Snow! workshop. This is a Free workshop we are doing for our students as a Thank You. We will be painting David Hoff’s Snowman with Friend on a dinner plate.
  • Open classes resume on Monday, January 6th at 6:00.
  • First Party Van workshop is on Tuesday, January 7th at the Inn at Ironwood

carousel party van logo

Whew! That’s quite a list. We will get as much done as we can.

Carol’s Carousel Creations
Where having Fun is why we come!

All the changes we are making are for the benefit of our students.
Making things more comfortable, more accessible, and more available!

About carolscarouselcreations

I am a retired math teacher. My jusband and I have been pouring, cleaning, firing, and painting ceramics since 1970 and have been teaching since 1972. We are both Duncan certified and members of IADCCT (International Association of Duncan Certified Caramic Teachers) and MVCT (Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers), a local chapter in North East Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. We have a home studio where we teach Technique Workshops and have Open Class time. We also have a party van which we take to local nursing homes. A new addition in 2020 is our online Facebook Live classes/demonstrations. We have two Etsy stores AfAfKidsNFriends for our African-American pieces and CarolsCarouselShoppe for our carousels. Find us on Facebook at CarolsCarouselCreations or send us an email to
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