The new design is based on plans from fellow potter Mark Cortright of Liscom Hill Pottery in California. He uses custom-built wooden display racks, and he shares these plans with anyone on the Ceramic Arts Daily Forum. The wide footprint design of his display racks inspired me. They look impossible to tip over. I wanted mine to be built of black metal, to match the look of my previous shelving unit. So I drew up my own plans, and found a metal fabricator to build them for me.
The heights of the shelves are exactly where I want them, specifically designed for the pots that will be displayed. And now I have six shelves, compared to the four I had before. The narrow top shelf will be for a single row of mugs and tumblers, and maybe a small flower vase. The wide bottom shelf will have two jobs. 1) It will be for pots that customers have reserved in advance of a show. That bottom shelf is too low for many people to explore, so it's perfect for pots that are already sold. Or, 2) at shows where I don't have many reserved pots, I will make a pretty tabletop-like display down there. I've long wished to have this element in my booth, but I didn't want to give up valuable space for it. With my previous shelving unit with four shelves, I put stacks of dinner plates on the bottom shelf. I sell a lot of plates, but I can also see how hard it is for people to bend down that low. Now, the plates will be on the second shelf. Speaking of plates, I cut down each shelf to be 44 inches wide, which is exactly wide enough for four stacks of plates. There will not be a wasted cubic inch of space!
First show of the year is coming up soon! ACC Baltimore, February 24-26. I'm so excited to start using these!