Texas Architect May/June 2009: Art Venues
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
texas architect 5/6 2009 76 Backpage Inside-Out Studio A potter sheds light on his concept for a simplified workplace by Brian Dougan During the Spring 2007 semester, behind an anonymous tract house on a cul- de-sac in suburban College Station, I designed and built an inside-out studio where I produce utilitarian and often highly decorated earthenware. This single-room building is protected from the elements by an interior veneer of corrugated acrylic panels while the exterior is clad by a horizontal array of rough-sawn, treated pine. When the sun goes down, the studio glows like a lantern that illuminates the neighborhood with an ethereal presence (oftentimes augmented by loud music). The scale and proportions were pri- marily based on the fact that only a single pair of hands were available for construction. Out of similar necessity, the project’s $5,000 budget was achieved by including a number of found objects and material donations from friends. Because the production of low-fire pottery is a rather simple process, the studio’s contents are minimal—an electric potter’s wheel, a workbench trans- formed from a discarded door, and shelves that cover the entire east wall. On and around the worktable are specific places for the various tools of the trade, adhering to the notion that a confined workspace must be well organized to function well. North-south ventilation flows uninterrupted via operable win- dows, supplemented by an oversized ceiling fan mounted to the ridge beam in the center of the space. From this inside-out lantern the pots I make, as time grants its productive grace, slowly wend their way to homes in some very unlikely places around the globe. Brian Dougan is an assistant professor of architecture at Texas A&M University. Besides being a teacher and potter, he is a musician and basket weaver who sees a communion in all creative endeavors. iM Ages coUrT esy BriA n DoUg A n