These issues have meant that my studio time has been quite restricted for the past year, and also, especially after this last illness my appreciation of the importance in my life of the my participation in, and contributions to, my local ceramic and pottery community.
At this year's New Art Festival I had a brief conversation with Chandler Swain about her (non-ceramic) printmaking work and her interest in applying it to her ceramic work using decals. She suggested that I expand my work with decal making to the use of colour laser printing and that I share the resulting ability to make custom coloured decals with local ceramic artists and potters.
During my stay in the hospital with my second illness I decided to act on this suggestion and immediately began researching the means to put together a coloured laser printer decal system in my studio.
I quickly found a company in Colorado with the North American rights to the technology developed in Germany which in 2002 first gave access to this process to ceramic workers. They, as I later learned, do as many other companies in Europe and the Americas who have come on the scene in the last 15 years, sell "Turnkey Systems". This means for between $USD10,000 and $USD30,000 anyone can get a state of the art system, training on how to use it and technical support to keep it running.
This, I realized, would not work: Instead of having a system for my personal and for supplying my community with custom coloured ceramic decals using their artwork I would have a system that was so expensive that I would have to start a business supplying eastern Canada with plates and plaques decorated with logos and photos of children.
After much work and worries I am now close to knowing how to put together a ceramic coloured laser printing system that will produce quality decals.
To achieve this I have to come up with some more funds than I already have saved for such adventures and have decided to sell the Shimpo Aspire table top potters wheel that I purchased last summer and have used for less than 5 hours since.
This wheel comes with a foot pedal, two (original Shimpo) plastic bats, and four water-resistant fibre board bats (three have actually had clay on them).
New this costs $900.
If you are interested, I will sell you my wheel, pedal and bats for $700.