You can embrace your inner potter with a stay at Jim Schatz’s studio and home, located inside a former dye house in Rhode Island.
Schatz and his partner Peter Souza – who run their ceramics studio J.Schatz together – decided to move from LA to Providence after falling in love with the 1880s building. Sited in the Olneyville neighbourhood, it was built for the Weybosset Mills.
In under a year they’d refurbished the vacant 5,200 sq ft industrial mill structure, which features soaring 20-ft-high trussed ceilings, brick floors and some 160 black-framed windows that flood the studio with natural light.
‘The light is consistent all day and it’s great for our work,’ Schatz told Rhode Island Monthly.
Their colossal live/work space spans an entire block and houses six industrial kilns, as well as workbenches for making the couple’s J. Schatz design pieces, which include birdhouses, tablewares and lighting.
Rooms at the front of the warehouse have been turned into guest lofts – available to rent starting from $99 per night – which feature exposed brick walls, breakfast bars and tall, raftered ceilings, while their own apartment is at the back of the warehouse. (The couple are adding the finishing touches to a third loft, which they say will be ready by the end of April 2018.)
Guests can tour Jim and Peter’s studio and the couple regularly host parties and community events inside the building. Beyond the studio, the lofts are a seven-minute drive to downtown Providence. Over in the nearby neighbourhoods of the West End and Federal Hill, there are restaurants, galleries and night spots.
Says the couple: ‘Many of the area’s mill buildings not yet renovated are currently occupied by an array of artists and musicians. Think Soho in the 1980s.’