I guess what I really need is a better studio space. Mine is a corner of a converted barn- loaded with gaps in the floor and odd nooks. Sweeping is a huge pain... I think I'm better off using some kind of catchment.
John- your commentary always makes me wish that I could re-set my life and work my way into an apprenticeship in Hagi or Tajimi...
My studio is a converted 200+ year old barn attached to a center chimney collonial that is a tad older. When I bought the place .... it still had stalls in the barn. Did full retrofit over a couple of years......... plumbing, insulation, walls , sheetrock, heat, and so on. Made pots in a temporary upstairs bedroom location (well covered in plastic) for the first year while I closed in the barn and got heat in there. Took 1 year until I was making pots actually in the studio.
Maybe under you wheel area laminate down some sort of thin plywood like material on top of the barn flooring that can serve as a good flat scrap cleaning surface. Hate to say plastic... but even maybe lonolium type flooring (ugh!). Under my main wheel location, the floorboards were tight and quite smooth (and HARDWOOD!). So it cleans up OK. I don't let things dry out.... I clean them up leatherhard 98% of the time (I'm not perfect ).
You can see an older shot of my main wheel area in Steven Branfman"s "Potters Professional Handbook". WHICH by the way, is a GREAT book for people wanting to do this crazy "clay thing" semi-pro or pro. Lots of good ideas in there.
I have about 100 lifetimes planned out for what I still want to do with clay .
Professor of Ceramics; New Hampshire Insitute of Art
Guest Professor, Wuxi Institute of Arts and Science, Yixing, China
Former President and Past President; Potters Council