Buy Me a Metal Clay Kiln

$505 of $800 goal

Raised by 16 people in 17 months
Melissa Manley  WILMINGTON, NC

I am a metalsmith in Wilmington NC. I was trained in traditonal metalsmithing techniques but over the years I've dabbled with metal clays. These clays are part wood dust, part binder and mostly tiny metal particles. You can shape this clay and then fire it in a kiln. The pulp and binder burn off and you're left with a metal object. In the last two years I've increasingly worked with Bronzeclay.  The images here are Bronzeclay earrings that I have made in the past. Since I don't have the appropriate kiln in my home studio, and I work part time at a community college, I have fired a few batches on campus in the kiln there. But that situation may not last. The college has cut my hours in half and cut metals classes, so who knows how long I will have a job there. With this campaign I want to raise funds to purchase a kiln that would allow me to fire bronze clay, silver clay and enamel at home. At the moment I work three part time jobs and sell my work at craftshows. Making a living as an artist can be a challenge. I often feel as if I'm stuck in a  chicken and egg scenario. Borrowing kiln time doesn't make for a smooth creative process.... Therefore I need your help to achieve this goal! Having the appropriate equipment at my disposal would be heaven.
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Update 2
Posted by Melissa Manley
17 months ago
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Just received a snail mail donation!!! Thank you SO, SO much!
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Update 1
Posted by Melissa Manley
17 months ago
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Wow! It's hard to bite the bullet and do something like this but this is fantastic! You folks are my Art Angels!
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$505 of $800 goal

Raised by 16 people in 17 months
Created October 20, 2015
Melissa Manley  
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$25
Nicolle Nicolle
16 months ago

Go Melissa, talented artist and teacher!

$25
Kimberly Maready
17 months ago

Absolutely, you deserve it. Look forward to more beautiful pieces!

$25
Anonymous
17 months ago
DD
$10
Deb Denton
17 months ago

Sorry its not more, but I know that a little from many, produces the end result too.

$100
Anonymous
17 months ago(Offline Donation)
JM
$25
Jay Manley
17 months ago
CR
$25
colleen ringrose
17 months ago

I feel ya! I hope you can get a great kiln you deserve it!

BB
$25
Becky Bucci
17 months ago

You are the best Melissa.

VD
$50
Vivian Driskill
17 months ago

So happy to help an art sister! I took a workshop from you at Adorn Me in Houston, Tx and would love to see you teaching at the retreats again!

AH
$50
Amy Hampson
17 months ago

We met at ARTFEST. I miss it! Do you still torch fire enamel? Would love to take a class...good luck!

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