Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Things are heating up

After quite a search and several returns, I have finally found a new oven for curing polymer! The Black and Decker one did not, over a serious of tests, keep temperature precisely enough. An Oster convection oven is the winner and I'll be running some test pieces tonight. (below is one of the last pieces completed before the death of the trusty old oven - may it rest in peace)

During this whole process I have wondered (aloud) about the cost of just going whole hog and setting up the metal studio. My husband seems to think its not quite as costly a venture as I suspected - after all I already have some of the equipment. Hmmm...I don't want to get too excited...but its difficult.

We are waiting to find out if my husband will be awarded another grant that would take us out of the country for a longer period of time and all things considered, if that happens, sinking the money into something I couldn't take with me wouldn't exactly be wise. Can you tell I am waffling here?


  1. Ooooooooo new oven! Ooooooooo new grant! Perhaps try keeping costs down by looking into Freecycle, Cheapcycle and Craigslist? Also I know your whole family is super great at doing things yourself.

  2. Hi! I just found your blog in the follows section of my own and I am so excited to "meet" you!
    I love what you are doing with clay, it is so mysterious and organic, something seemingly ancient about it, like you are an old soul relearning with new technology!

    I just wanted to comment on your indecision about setting up a metal studio. I have a a little set up next to my dryer, it measures about 4 feet wide and it is one of those industrial shelving units with the second shelf up being the actual work table. Everything I need is on it and could be taken down and stored in a decent sized plastic container for when we move.
    All studios are works in progress, like our creating and you should most definitely invest in something your heart feels pulled to create. If it is too inconvenient to move all your tools with you, sell them and start over!
    (sorry for such a long comment, you seem like such a nice person, I think I got carried away.)