So today was the day I picked up my new kiln. I got up a little late (because I was up late watching BSG…zomg!), woke up Maggie and we headed off to get gas and coffee. We left town about 9:30 or so. Off to Lakeland, FL and JenKen Kilns!
We got down there around 2:30 (we missed our exit and had to turn around). Mike greeted us and showed us around. He walked us back to the class room and there was my kiln! He opened it up, showed me the shelf and stands. There was a lot of beautiful glass and pottery, including one of Newy Fagan’s glass horses (woot!). Mike took us into the back to show us where the kilns are made. They have recently developed a new one with a light weight structure that makes a kiln cheaper to ship. It was really, really cool.
I’m very excited about my new kiln and very happy I purchased it from JenKen. I was so impressed with the professional, courteous manner in which I and my order were handled. Mike went over the controller carefully, making sure I knew to call if I had any problems. He helped load my kiln onto the truck, roped it down and gave me some large trash bags in case of rain. He really went above and beyond to make sure everything was secure.
I’m going to be contacting them about a class schedule. It would definitely be worth my time and effort to go back there. I will post pictures when I have it all set up and fire my first piece.
Thanks Mike & JenKen Kilns!!
Spirit, Inspiration and Legacy – The Spirit of Florence Nightingale 2011
My friend, Joanelle Mulrain, and I made 3 awards to be given away tomorrow night at a dinner honoring our local nurses by Beson4 Media Group. We also made commemorative heart pins that will be given to each attendee. These were a lot of fun to make.
The other red and yellow is a lamp cover that I will be giving to a friend of mine from high school as part of a Facebook meme. The first 5 people who commented on a post will are to receive a free handmade something from me. This will be lots of fun.
The amber bowl is a commission from a friend to give to her mother-in-law to match another piece of glass she gave her for Mother’s Day. This client has a series of glass we will be creating together over the next several months and I am really looking forward to all the projects.
The new kiln is ready. Long story short: we had an unexpected windfall, I found a less expensive kiln that was of a sufficient size to meet my needs, and voila! A new kiln. Yay!!
Looking forward to showing off all the new things I will be creating in the next few months. Oh! I am also changing my gallery hours. There just isn’t enough traffic at the moment for me to keep regular late hours, but always feel free to call me and schedule a visit. I’m happy to show off the gallery and studio at any time.
THANK YOU one and all for believing in me. Even though we didn’t make the goal, I am DEEPLY appreciative of everyone’s support. I will keep you all posted on my progress even though it will be slower. Thank you again, so much! http://kck.st/jKCecM
I had a really good birthday – my parents called with the traditional off-key singing of Happy Birthday first thing this morning. I ran around doing errands, fused some glass, and had a birthday dinner with the 7 Bridges Scooter Club. I had a blast!
I’m now sitting at home, playing minecraft, blogging, looking at twitter and facebook.
Yay for a great day!