I am pleased to say that the project to establish a home studio is now complete.
When we were house hunting 2 years ago, I always had the studio in mind when viewing and assessing potential homes. It is very important for me that my working room is still inside the house but not in a basement or anything like that. It needs to be easily accessible, with lots of sunlight.
Lucky for us, we managed to find a house that fits my requirements for a studio. One of the bedrooms on the ground floor is now my studio room. I've fitted shelves along one of the walls, and placed my working table next to a window. I even have enough space to fit in a throwing wheel working area in one of the corners.
I also now have a kiln at home. My kiln is a Woodrow Hobby kiln, the Large size (it comes in 5 different sizes). The reason I chose this type of kiln is because it is meant to be plug and play. It comes with all the necessary elements (shelves, props, bungs) and also a very detailed manual book (I read the manual like as if I was studying for an exam LOL).
I have to say though that Woodrow was very good with packing the kiln for the delivery and making sure that the instructions are clear for novices like me.
The kiln was delivered a few weeks ago, but since my house is on a slope and the shed is at the very back of the house, I had to wait until I could get help with moving the kiln - 100kg was just too heavy for me to manage! The kiln is now ready for its inaugural firing (can I just say that I'm a bit anxious about doing this myself, for the very first time in my life?).
I purchased the wheel and kiln from Keane Ceramics. They were very helpful from the very beginning with all my purchases, and I would highly recommend them!
Now I just need to make things so I can start using the kiln! :)
PS: Whilst unpacking all of my stuff from the move, I uncovered this old work.
Irine is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts' Artstart Grant (June 2014-2015).
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