Monday, January 23, 2012

My shiny new kiln

I got a new kiln last week, I'm so excited! I've been looking around for a smallish test kiln for ages, something just big enough for a few cups or for doing decals and lusters. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine from art school posted a status message about having a kiln for sale. I almost dismissed it, since I figured I really don't have much money right now. But I went ahead and asked about it, purely for curiosity's sake. Turns out it was exactly the size I've been looking for, and was within my means with a little creative budgeting. So exciting to have a kiln of my own again! While I know I have access to the studio kiln, it will be nice to be able to fire small things at home when I need to (like for those last minute deadlines I like to procrastinate on, heh.)

The nice thing about buying this kiln is that it not only helps me out, but buying it helped out a friend who was in serious need of some cash. I know he wasn't happy about having to sell his baby, but he was glad to know it was going to a friend. I even let him know I'd be happy to fire work for him anytime. I know what its like to not have a way to fire your stuff.

Haven't had a chance to fire it yet, but I'm hoping to get it going sometime this week, once I figure out where to put it, and where I can plug it in. I'll let you all know how it works out!


eef said...

ooo fun!

hey, have you ever worked with that precious metal clay stuff? i was going to get some, but then found out it has to be fired. =\ wondering if you've had any experience with it and if it's worth getting.

Conduit Press said...

This is so great Lori! I know what it's like not to be able to finish your work in your own happy for you;) Can't wait to see your new work for the new year!

Allison Kruskamp said...

oh, it's on now! CONGRATULATIONS!

Lori Leaumont said...

Erin - I've never worked with metal clay, no. I don't know too much about it, but it could be fun to play with. If you ever want to get some and have a crafternoon, we could always fire it here. I'm always itching to try new things:)

Talia - Thanks! I can't wait to fire it. Had to install a screen on the side door of the garage so I can leave the door open for ventilation but keep animals out.

Allison - it's not on yet, but hopefully today or tomorrow I'll be set up and ready to go!