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sv: winter studio

updated sat 27 nov 99


Alisa and Claus Clausen on fri 26 nov 99


Dear Christine,
I recently moved my wheel into a remade tool shed outside our house. My =
husband insulated the 2 otherwise plain wood walls with fiber and then put =
rock over that. The other two walls are brick and those we left as is for =
kiln corner. Space is tiny, and my clunker kiln takes up exactly one half =

An important part of the insulating was that he also insulated the door. =
that temperatures drop to freezing overnight, I can see that my clay is not
freezing. BUT, I usually take inside many kilos the night before I throw so
that I do not stand wedging up very cold clay. The studio gets quite cold
overnight. If temps. stay freezing for a long period, I have a lamp over =
clay I will keep on over night. I have an ordinary electric wall heater =
where my wheel is which is satisfactory. I usually let it heat for one hour
before I begin work. When I need to go out of the studio, I go lightening =
through the door. The studio is so small, leaving the door open would loose =
of heat very fast.

I also wear insulated boots. As soon as my feet get cold, it is hopeless.
Sitting at the wheel or standing at the glaze table makes for quick cold =

Basically, insulation, an electric heater, a light bulb over my clay, warm =
and retaining the heat is how I work in my studio in the winter. It is not =
like inside but OK. Cold and clammy but the heater soaks up the moisture =
quickly. OK in exchange for my own space to make pots=21
(My kiln sits in the back of this space and once it works properly and gets
fired regularly, I am counting on that retained heat to help a lot. Right =
without any heater or lamp, the studio is a giant wet closet, taking over a =
for drying to leather hard.) I still have January and February as the real
tests. I hope Santa brings me a thermo insulated throwing seat and a =
supply of warm beverages=21

Alisa in Denmark