> Kelly - just to add to the pool of info, I take a class at Urban Glass
> in NYC (where things are expensive, of course). The student rate for
> lampwork studio time is $18/hour which includes torch and tools, (not
> glass) and the use of the kiln to fire what you make. Considering the
> expense of running a studio, gas lines, wear and tear, it sounds like
> the kiln is probably a very small part of the charge. Jeri
Agreed - my thinking is that since there is only one "public" source of
firing small objects (the University), which is not equipped for ad lib
requests, and two ceramics shops 25 miles out of town, There might be a
certain need for a local source of kiln. I'm getting the larger of the
two recommended by PMC's Tim McCreight, which is about the size of a
small microwave, inside. My making it available could mean some other
artists could expand their own work, even in the porcelain clay field.
It is one thing to be an alternative, but I would be pretty much the
only resource for off-campus small kiln firing. Then again, if the kiln
doesn't "earn its keep" it still will be a source of joy for me.