Expansion Concept Design

Imagine an inspirational, state-of-the-art, custom-built facility where studio art education is accessible to everyone.

Imagine a place where local residents can flex their creative muscles as well as their physical ones.

Imagine a space that fosters greater capacity for invention and innovation, helping individuals and the community.



Barrett Studio architects have transformed the long wishlist for the new building into an initial concept design for the facility.

This first draft uses beautiful materials that reflect the different mediums taught inside the building.

The roof-line captures indirect, northern light as well as solar energy.

Covered kiln and forge yards are partially visible to passers-by.

A rooftop patio maximizes the view of the Flatirons and provides a private outdoor event space.

Large windows give glimpses of the program in action and garage doors allow indoor-outdoor movement.

The design creates a standout facility from both the neighborhood and highway sides (see video below).

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Concept West side color.jpg


Floor plans are being drafted to include:

Ceramics: a large open studio for hand-building and wheel-throwing + separate rooms for glazing, clay storage, and electric kilns

Glass: kiln room for slump & fuse work + flame room for torch work

Woodworking: bench room for hand-tools and construction + machine room for cutting and shaping

Metalsmithing: an open studio for cutting, welding, and forging + separate jewelry-making room

Printmaking: open studio for presses and worktables

Other features:
- central gallery & event space
- small retail art supply store
- universal accessibility
- administrative offices & conference room


How can I help?

There's a lot of work ahead. We're building a great team to oversee this expansion, but we can't do it without you. Please jump in and do a few simple things today:

1) Share your ideas
We'll be posting project updates online HERE and offline at the Pottery Lab. Use the comment tools to send us your thoughts and reactions. Don't be shy! Your feedback is key to a successful expansion. Tell us what you want, what you love, what you hate, and anything else that pops into your head. We want it all!

2) Stay in the loop
Sign up for our Expansion Mailing List using the form below and we'll send updates directly to your inbox. Be the first to get news of major milestones and the first to get invitations to upcoming events and community meetings. It's the perfect way to track our progress and stay in touch.

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3) Join us
As the project unfolds, there will be many ways to participate and get involved. If you're eager to help, send an email to volunteer@studioartsboulder.org. We'll reach out when we need more hands on deck.

It's an exciting time for Studio Arts Boulder and the Pottery Lab.
We've taken the first steps toward a bigger, bolder future.
Together, we can make this future a reality!