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.
As Bob's ceramics evolved into sculpture-like forms, his worked continued to retain fundamental features of the vessel (or pot).
'I didn't want to lose the potter part of making something that contains... I shall carry this spiral on until it goes round and so enclose this space again.'