Archive for 2013
I am proud to bring you this first post of our new news blog. In the past year, we have brought you a new website, the Maker Profile Pages, our “Forging Entrepreneurs” business symposium, a virtual exhibition site, diversification of the work showcased in Metalsmith, and just a few weeks ago we launched Springboard; a real-time hub for finding and posting opportunities in the field/industry. On Springboard, you can find announcements about employment, calls for entries, residencies and internships, classes and workshops, conferences and seminars, studios to share and used tools. It is a resource for the entire field, open to members and non-members alike.
This article is about how a non-enamelist came to design and build (and fail and build and fail and build and then build again) a large, torch-fired enameling kiln. First I would like to add a point of clarification: this is about building a torch-fired enameling kiln, not about torch-firing enamels. This is to say that I was attempting to create a kiln environment heated by a torch in which to fuse enamels to metals without the torch flame making direct contact with the object being fired. Although a metallic surround is sometimes used to help manage and contain the heat during a torch firing, most torch-firing of enamels involve applying the torch flame directly to the surface of the metal being enameled.