STARKSBORO, VERMONT. 1973. Designed for a mother and son for both living and making pottery, the house is sited in a gently rolling meadow atop little ridge (an esker) that curves out across the meadow. The first floor — living, dining, and kitchen areas — form one continuous space. Two bedrooms are on the second floor under the gable roof. The connecting shed roof spans over the pottery work shop and also houses a small balcony that connects the mother and son bedrooms while looking over the pottery studio below.
The studio connects via a little ‘trestle’ to a kiln house. The pots are loaded onto a cart in the studio and wheeled out the small gauge railroad track (salvaged from an old brick yard) to the kiln. The door of the kiln is built onto the back of the cart.
The tracks extend the axis of the centerline of the plan and are visible from the living area through an interior window above the kitchen sink aligning with the studio door to the kiln. Looking from this vantage point out into the landscape, there is an intimation that the house is being driven, gliding out on the tracks along the top of the esker, and into the meadow beyond.