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Ceramic Art Workstation original and advanced Edition (Edit 07-02-01 New cloning policy)

by Nadira Posted 7th Oct 2006 at 9:27 AM - Updated 23rd Dec 2007 at 2:23 PM by Nadira : Workstation - easier unpacking of original version
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
07-12-23 I have finally renewed the upload of the RAR-file of the Ceramic Art Workstation Original to finally stop all the unpacking problems downloaders are experiencing (nothing new inside, so no need to download again if it is already working for you!).
So for downloading and unpacking, please read the revised instruction below!

07-09-26 Works perfectly with BONVOYAGE, no update necessary.
From the first day I posted this object I have been using the exactly same version that has been uploaded here without any problems in my game.
There are detailed instructions how to install properly and I still advise to have ALL addons until including OFB to be sure there are no errors occuring.
Any future posts which advise others not to download because "not working for me and person is not nice to me" will be reported.
From the start on this object has been a free offer of something that in the beginning I only modded for my own use - but anyone who likes it is now welcome to have it. If you don´t like it - let others decide for themselves.

07-03-01 Works with Seasons. See our snowy screenshot!

2007-02-01 I have changed my cloning policy. Please read below!

I never dreamed the Workstation would be featured!
Thanks to all of you for giving me such an overwhelming welcome and thanks for your numerous positive posts!

ATTENTION: 06-10-11 Fixed minor problem with mechanical skill gain in both versions (skill gain stopped midway through modern and urn vase crafting process). I have uploaded both versions again with the corrected package files, so if you mind please download again! Sorry I was late to notice!

The Ceramic Art Workstation:
Ever since installing OFB I have longed for more possibilities to have the Sims creating their own objects and vases have been especially in my mind. Searching for downloads for some time I did not find anything that worked in the way I wanted, so in the end I set out to teach to myself how to mod an object.
The Ceramic Art Workstation was intended only for my private use. But since it seems to have turned out quite nicely I decided to upload it here as a tribute to all the writers of all the tutorials here at MTS2, which have imparted me the necessary knowledge to do this project.

At the Ceramic Art Workstation your teen, YA, adult and senior Sim can produce his own vases. Your Sim is having fun when using the Station. He will gain mainly mechanical skills (during the whole crafting process) and additionally some creativity skills (during the coloring process), both at a moderate speed.
What kind of vases your Sim can craft is dependent on his mechanical skill level. There are four different designs of vases for the different skill levels, each design comes in four different colorations. Your Sim can choose which design he wants to make, colorations are chosen at random.
To produce a vase takes some time - this is definitely not a cheat object - I tried to make the time needed to make a vase comparable to the crafting time Maxis uses in their different crafting objects. If your Sims needs are not sufficiently high they will deny to make a vase or quit the crafting process on their own.
Vases can be placed on OFB shelves and – when sold - they can be properly restocked from the shop owners inventory, but restocking can be done only with vases of the same design AND the same color.

How to Install:
Original Edition: Unpack the RAR-file - you will get a folder called Ceramic Art Workstation. Inside are the packages of the Ceramic Art Workstation itself and the whole set of vases at different crafting levels/stages - in total 24 package files. You will need ALL OF THEM for the Station to work properly
Put the whole folder named Ceramic Art Workstation as a subfolder into your downloads folder!

For the Adv.Edition see instructions at bottom.

The Ceramic Art Workstation can be found in “hobbies” – “creativity” on residential and community lots.
The vases will not show up in the buy catalogue (- well, your Sims are supposed to craft these objects, not to buy them!).

Extension packs and Compatibility:
The object will definitely require UNI and OFB installed to work correctly, I am not sure about NL.
In my game I have now all six EPs installed and also Glamour and FFS.
I have tested the Ceramic Art Workstation extensively in my game - it is working fine and I did not encounter any problems.
But of course I cannot give a guarantee it will do the same in your game, so please be careful and remember that you install this object at your own risk!

The Making of:
The Ceramic Art Workstation was cloned from the Maxis Easel - at the beginning I thought I could keep some functions, but in the end it had to be conceived and written completely new.
The mesh and texture of the Workstation were taken from the Maxis “Table-Dining-CommunityLot” and new components added to the mesh. Poly 2462 / Vertices 1563.

The Vases were cloned from the Maxis “Sculpturechinavase” and the original mesh and texture were substituted by my own. Poly 544 to1436 / Vertices 274 to 726 depending on type of vase.


The only other person actively involved in this project is my husband, whom I really have to thank immensely.
Not only did he have endless patience with me when I spent hours with trying to figure out BHAVs and added his own ideas from time to time. But in addition to that when I was very unhappy and downhearted because it proved I could not find a mesher to help me with the meshing part and thus the Workstation would not be finished, my husband joined into the project and assisted me with learning to create the meshes for the vases and the Workstation and with texturing them.

Special thanks go to :

The writers of all the wonderful tutorials here at MTS2 which have taught a naïve beginner like me (without the least notion of simantics, meshing or texturing) everything that was needed to make this object work.

The makers of SimPE at, which is a really extraordinary tool! This project could not have been done without extensive use of SimPE´s multiple options!


The Ceramic Art Workstation (which includes the main object and all vases) is reserved exclusively for download from MTS2 and is not to be redistributed in any way.

Changed versions of the workstation and its vases must be exclusively uploaded on MTS2!!
Please do not make the vases alone available in buy mode!
Proper credit where due will be appreciated - I still consider the Workstation my "little baby"

Cloning for retexturing and/or remeshing:

The Workstation itself: Feel free to clone and redesign texture and mesh to your liking!

The Vases: Every vase - even when they have the same design and differ only in texture - has its own GUID which is NEEDED by the Workstation to function properly!

So what you have to do to bring a new vase into the game is:
Clone the Workstation and assign it a new GUID, search for all places where the original vases GUIDs are called from a function inside the BHAVs of the workstation and replace the original GUIDs with your own.
Do not forget to change the description of your newly designed vase in the pie menue of the Workstation advEdition!
- Here you go with a new completely independent version of the Workstation and its Vases (and people can have both the old one and your new one in the game)!!!

It´s really easy, so even those of you who do not have experience with modding will manage!!!!

Have fun!

For all OFB vase-shop owners who have problems with getting the right vase for restocking and especially for igloolik:
I have added a second version of the Workstation, where your Sim can choose the color of the vase too. (Note: but you still can restock only vases with the same design AND color!).
You can download it as "Ceramic Art Workstation advEdition".You can use the first and the second version at the same time in your game, as I have given this one another GUID.
This rar-file contains only the new version of the Workstation, but NOT the vases. So if you are downloading for the first time, you have to get the Nadira Ceramic Art Workstation and Vases.rar first

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Nadira Ceramic Art Workstation and Vases.rar

Size: 3.09 MB · Downloads: 7,673 · 23rd Dec 2007
3.09 MB 7,673 23rd Dec 2007

Size: 4.4 KB · Downloads: 8,352 · 2nd Feb 2007
4.4 KB 8,352 2nd Feb 2007
Ceramic Art Workstation advEdition.rar

Size: 154.2 KB · Downloads: 20,057 · 11th Oct 2006
154.2 KB 20,057 11th Oct 2006
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
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Field Researcher
#51 Old 18th Oct 2006 at 8:23 AM
This seems very neat.

I'll download it and try it out as soon as I can!

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#52 Old 18th Oct 2006 at 10:11 AM
WOW...I totally missed this incredible upload when you first posted it. Absolutely fabulous work ***** Thank you

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Lab Assistant
#53 Old 18th Oct 2006 at 10:14 AM
Wicked now i can have my flower shop with lovely vase in it as well for sims to buy or admire thanks so much for this

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Lab Assistant
#54 Old 18th Oct 2006 at 11:27 AM
This is so awesome...just wanted to tell you what a great job and great idea this was!! Unfortunately I can't use it as I do not have University. Any plans for a version for OFB only (and NL) compatible?

Congratulations on being deserve it.
Lab Assistant
#55 Old 18th Oct 2006 at 12:44 PM
Default Please tell me what i'm doing wrong!
I have downloaded both rar files and the table shows up in my game, when i click on it it says buy raw materials £35, when i ok that, my sim will go across to it, £35 will dissapear from my account but nothing appears or happens!

What am i doing wrong?
#56 Old 18th Oct 2006 at 4:28 PM
Very happy that you've been featured, you deserve it, this add on is very useful. My sims are using it and the vases are really beautyful, and - last but not least - the refined and coloured vase price is also convenient when sims sell it, at the moment or in a business. Thank you again, to you and your husband. kiss and ciao.
Lab Assistant
#57 Old 18th Oct 2006 at 6:11 PM
Brilliant...simply brilliant! Tired of the clothing store...sold on to one of my checklist dreams of things to do before the age of 60...pottery making.
Thanks so much.
Field Researcher
#58 Old 18th Oct 2006 at 7:21 PM
Default Wow! Wow! Wow!
I just wanted to say thank you so much!!!!
I've been longing for this since I bought Sims 2.

Thank you so much for all your hard work.
Test Subject
#59 Old 19th Oct 2006 at 1:50 PM
Originally Posted by xylune
This is suspiciously like Carrigon's pottery makers.

In looks only. I have both, and while Carrigon's is great, this one actually requires the Sim to do something, and s/he learns skills. The pots are totally different as well.

Plus, it functions well with the add-ons... I get Pets today, but I don't anticipate any problems. Thanks for all your hard work.
Test Subject
#60 Old 20th Oct 2006 at 5:29 AM
This item is beyond words. Thanks to you and your incredibly supportive hubby both for enriching the game with this wonderful object.
Test Subject
#61 Old 20th Oct 2006 at 12:17 PM
Its perfect! I love it. It works perfect in connection with the flower station. Flowers and potted Vases in one shop. And it seems as if "Nightlife" isn't required. I only got OFB and Uni and it works without any problem. - but it had to say that it isn't checked with all vases, my sim only got mechanical at level 4 oder 5.....

Who ever finds a typing misstake could keep it - nobody is perfect.
And sorry, my English is not perfect. As I am German, I try as good as I could.
Test Subject
#62 Old 20th Oct 2006 at 1:39 PM
Great work!! I am taking ceramics classes IRL and I wanted to create a studio for my7 sims!!
Thank you
Lab Assistant
#63 Old 20th Oct 2006 at 9:25 PM
This is a way to make real money,I have it in every bussiness lot,when my sims are loosing money,they just have to make some vases and sell them.Thank you for a very good item!!!
Forum Resident
#64 Old 21st Oct 2006 at 6:52 PM
This is awsome! I was really hoping that someone would make a new type of crafting table ever since OFB first came out. Now I can make a sim that is a potter! Thanks!

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Test Subject
#65 Old 22nd Oct 2006 at 1:19 PM
Default Worked with OFB only
I had to give it a try. I dont have uni. Tested it completely with non skilled and fully skilled sims. Every vase and color worked and sold in my store.Restocked same color vase as you stated. Cant wait to give this to my grandaughter, a 13 year old simmer who depends on grandma for her custom content. Thankyou
#66 Old 29th Oct 2006 at 5:14 AM
Originally Posted by saladoor
I have downloaded both rar files and the table shows up in my game, when i click on it it says buy raw materials £35, when i ok that, my sim will go across to it, £35 will dissapear from my account but nothing appears or happens!

What am i doing wrong?

I just ran into this same problem, but I think I have it figured. When I put the stuff into my game, I just dropped the .rar files into the folder I'd made for it, then didn't realize when I extracted them, all but one (the adv station) are still in .rar files! LOL Double-check to make sure you've extracted all the files.
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Original Poster
#67 Old 30th Oct 2006 at 11:09 AM
Originally Posted by Misty_2004
I just ran into this same problem, but I think I have it figured. When I put the stuff into my game, I just dropped the .rar files into the folder I'd made for it, then didn't realize when I extracted them, all but one (the adv station) are still in .rar files! LOL Double-check to make sure you've extracted all the files.

Workstation original: To save space I packed every single item in a rar file and to make download easier for you I then combined them into one single rar file for downloading. So first you have to unpack the single rar file, then inside there are 24 rar files which all have to be unpacked too. You should end up with 23 package files for he vases and 1 package file that is the Workstation.
Workstation adv.ed.: As this one was added later for download, it is a single item (vases were no changed). But you definitely need the 23 vases from the Workstation original, otherwise it won´t work!

Hope your problem is solved!
#68 Old 30th Oct 2006 at 8:20 PM
Nadira, thanks so much for this! It's such a fun object!

Once I figured out there were actually .rar files within the large .rar file it worked perfectly. I don't think it saves any space to compress the single files before putting them into another .rar file because files can't be compressed more than once.

One little thing I did notice, and maybe this isn't fixable, but I thought I'd mention it just in case. Before the vase is painted, your sim can sell it, like they can a painting or object they've created on the OFB workshops. However, selling it doesn't fulfill their want for earning money. Once the pot has been painted, the option no longer appears to sell--you have to either sell it in Buy Mode or place it somewhere.

At any rate, this is a marvelous addition to my game, and both you and your hubby did a wonderful job of putting this together. You definitely have more tenacity and courage than I do.
Lab Assistant
#69 Old 6th Nov 2006 at 5:16 AM
aw, this looks so awesome, and i really want it, especially since you say it works with pets, but if it doesn't work with ffs, then i guess it still won't work with my game.
Lab Assistant
#70 Old 8th Nov 2006 at 12:55 PM
Wow!! This is awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I can imagine all the hard work you've put into this. It's beautiful... can't wait to try it. :D*Rah!*

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Test Subject
#71 Old 12th Nov 2006 at 1:12 AM
Thank you for this wonderful download....And your story behind it has inspired me to read the tutorial and try my hand at creating (I've always been scared to do this)....Thank you =)
Lab Assistant
#72 Old 18th Nov 2006 at 9:18 AM
I just got it, I will let you know if any problems with this object.

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Test Subject
22nd Nov 2006 at 9:47 AM
Default Works with FFS!!!
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Test Subject
#73 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 3:34 AM
My mind is boggling at the amount of effort you must have put into this. Hats off to you! I only have OFB and Pets so far, so unfortunately I can't give it a try yet.
Test Subject
#74 Old 8th Dec 2006 at 4:19 AM
Wow.... this is brilliant. Downloading now :D.

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