Once home to several thousand chickens, the sheds became a place of retreat, space for Bob to experiment, throw, glaze and fire countless ceramic pieces.
'If it wasn't of a high enough standard, he would smash it there and then' - Maurice Barrett would later recall.
As well as a place of work, it also afforded Bob space to organize and sequence his work, to step back and reflect upon his craft.
Bob, interviewed in 1994 -
'I thought, I will turn things upside down. I will let the clay spin in my fingers until it tears away. I will cut it. I'll scrape it and scratch it. I'll put metal with it... I made myself hang on until it tore - which is foreign to all that I had done before. Is it tore and I stepped back and looked at it, I thought look at that edge! I couldn't have drawn that if I had waned. From that point onwards I realized it was whole new ball game!'