My first enameling kilns...
Second on my list of Big Future Purchases for the studio was a jewelry enameling kiln. Something small and powerful with a front-loading door mechanism for easy in and out access with glowing hot metals. Because I could only just about afford the cash for our glass kiln from the previous post, I didn't think it was in the realm of possibility to shop for one so soon.
Craigslist being the fickle but sometimes shockingly generous god that it is, I managed to catch an ad for two free enameling kilns as well as an entire studio's worth of paints, enamels, and tools, seven minutes after it had been posted. A senior recreational center up in the Bronx was downsizing its creative program to renovate and make room for new activities, and all they asked was that I make any donation that I could. What luck!
I drove up the FDR and the Major Deegan (fun to say out loud and a fun drive as well, you get to ride along the water all the way up the side of the island) and saw that another artist, a very sweet lady named Alexa, had already gotten there and begun clearing out the studio. She very graciously allowed to me take the kilns I had come for, and we split up the hundreds and hundreds of containers of powdered enamels–brand-new bags of Thompson as well as unidentified hand-labeled glass jars–as well as trivets, boards, tongs, gloves, mesh and bins full of metal findings and glass stringers that went home with Alexa.
Thank you to the Riverside Senior Center for letting your Spring cleaning = the beginning of my jewelry studio practice!