basking in kiln glory (and heat)
Lately, I’ve become a bit of a craigslist scavenger. In and of itself, this is not the greatest hobby: both because the craigslist crowd can be full of creeps, and because I really don’t need more stuff. But I’ve found my gem, my diamond in the rough, and it’s so wonderful that I think I can abstain from craigslist searches for a while. I like to call this The Craigslist Score of the Century.
There she is!
Meet the Delphi Ez-Pro Deluxe kiln. It’s a small kiln, with a firing chamber that’s 15″ wide by 6½” deep, and the exterior footprint is just a little larger than a 2 feet square. It runs off standard household current, which is wonderful. But the best part, and what makes it such a keeper, is that this kiln has the ability to switch back and forth between ceramics and glass.
After signing up for a ceramics class at the local community college, but bailing when I realized I didn’t have time, I’ve got a bunch of clay sitting in the basement and it will be wonderful to be able to put it to use.
But it’s the glass I’m excited about. I’ve been wanting to get into glass fusing for awhile: partly because it’s absolutely beautiful, but mostly because it’s such a unique art form. With what I’m used to– sewing, beading– it’s relatively easy to predict the results of my project based on the fabric or beads I’m using. But glass seems so very unpredictable, like it’s got a mind of its own. And I’m excited to conquer this new medium.
And what better way to start a new hobby than the craigslist score of the century? Half price for a kiln that’s never been used – oh, and the very nice lady gave me this gorgeous box of glass along with it. She said “that should be enough for a few projects” but I could barely hear her as my brain said “eeeeeee!”
So it was with great joy that I drove the 3½ hours to Maryland and back, with great joy that I handed over almost half a paycheck’s worth of cash, with great joy that I lugged this 80 pound beauty into the house. Because soon, I will be making beautiful things.
Now I’ve just got to find someplace to put it, because somehow I don’t think it will do well sitting on the living room carpet…