The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed has been has been designed and built by architects Freddie Wiltshire & Billy Adams, assisted by Tom Philipson & volunteers.


Part of a small suite of structures in our Kitchen Garden, the Potting Shed lies in the SW corner opposite the Gate House & Composting Bins, and has 2 doors at its N & S ends. It's used for all the usual tool & pot storage a large garden requires.

It is constructed mainly from locally-sourced larch, which we have found to be a durable material in our damp conditions. Larch shingles have been dipped in pine tar for waterproofing, and wall cladding has been treated to the Japanese wood-charring technique of Shou-sugi-ban, creating lustrous black surfaces contrasting with the occasional untreated larch detail. 

The ceramic ridge tiles on the roof spine were made by Adam Sutherland and volunteers, and the roof also features two ceramic 'bird scarer' tiles in yellow, based on ancient Chinese designs featuring sculpted cats. They commemorate our late cat, Maurice, a committed hunter. 

Freddie & Billy first visited Grizedale Arts as students with tutor Takeshi Hayatsu, who has since collaborated extensively with us.