Living Above the Shop: Ceramic Artist Paula Greif in Hudson, NY

When we first met ceramic artist Paula Greif back in 2012, she had set out to make every utensil in her Brooklyn kitchen herself out of clay (see The Handmade Kitchen; we date our infatuation with small-batch pottery to that post—and Paula’s work remains the standard bearer.) Since then, the former graphic designer and director of music videos and commercials has devoted herself full time to her ceramics, and set a new goal: to establish her own all-in-one studio and home in an impossibly skinny three-story structure in Hudson, New York. Join us for a tour.

Photography by Justine Hand for Remodelista, unless otherwise mentioned.

The Workshop

located on warren street, hudson’s shopping hub, paula’ 14
Above: Located on Warren Street, Hudson’s shopping hub, Paula’s quarters are a mere 10 feet wide (nine feet on the inside) and “must have been built as an alley infill,” she says. The building, likely a commercial space to begin with, was used as a home in recent years. Paula gave it a gut renovation, including introducing a storefront and painting the exterior black (it’s Benjamin Moore Black Tar). The studio is at 419 1/2 Warren St. and is currently open by appointment.
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Above: Paula worked on the project with her friend Stephen Shadley, Diane Keaton’s longtime interior designer, who happened to be building his own place across the river. Starting on the ground floor, which houses the combination shop and studio, Paula had every room paneled with pre-primed horizontal poplar Trim Boards for a shiplap effect: “This was my splurge. It makes the place feel like a treehouse in Scandinavia, or a glamorous trailer.”