The studio in Red Hook is growing & changing

The guys and gals at Supersmith have been working around the clock to improve the shop, which has this lovely open-floor woodshop among other great nooks. New people are filling out the studios every day and it's always fun to see what other people are making.

 Supersmith communal woodshop

Supersmith communal woodshop

I've been doing some "home improvement" in the studio, too. Pegboard!

Also today was our first official kiln/electric test with the little baby Janus I acquired a few weeks ago. She got up to fusing temperature just fine but struggled to hit max firing temp at 2300°F. I gave up and canceled the program at around 1850°F (which is more than sufficient for most glass processes). Learning the Sentry Xpress 3-key controller is a bit of a challenge. I'm used to entering straight times per ramp/hold period, but the Sentry requires some math––you need to input the rate of firing rather than a chunk of time.

 Chugging along.

Chugging along.

There's a little brick damage and the elements/thermocouple may have to be tweaked following a full slump test (to check for hot/cold spots, etc.), but overall the kiln is performing wonderfully. I'm excited to start fusing some of the pendants I've been designing all month.