Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Much Coveted Indoor Spray Booth

Some women get excited by shopping for clothing and jewelry I suppose, but ME? I'm nearly delirious over my new indoor spray booth! As a professional ceramic artist who sprays most all of her glazes, I have (until now) had to spray OUTDOORS for some 14 years. I have, in the past, roasted in the summer sun, fought off angry wasps who'd built nests under my glaze spraying table, battled the ferocious spring winds, run in and out of the studio with my-to be glazed- or my -newly glazed- pieces when it began to spit rain/snow of THE most exasperating situations was spraying in the Colorado wintertime. I had to open the studio door, set up a table in the doorway and spray the piece from the inside of the studio facing outward to avoid the glaze FREEZING in mid-air on its way to the piece being sprayed. Ahhhh, but this is all a thing of the past thanks to my inventive husband!

A commercial spray booth is a pretty pricey thing, so my husband figured out a way to provide one for me at about $200. He purchased a used shower stall and, after carefully considering dimension & function, cut it down and re-configured it to meet my needs. The pics shown here are the first "test run"......some things (like the filter) are not permanently installed yet. Had to make sure that the ventilation, air flow was functioning as it should. IT'S THE BOMB!! Worked beautifully and I couldn't be more pleased!
My husband-Robert Leuallen-will do an entire storyboard on it in the near future and I'll provide a link here.


Linda said...

Your husband deserves a treat, This is a fabulous spray booth, much better than any I've seen or used. Your Studio looks fantastic. Linda:) Happy New Year to you Both, wishing you every success.

Wendy Wright said...

Looks wonderful. Is it vented to the outside, most likely....huh? Hoping to find a way not to put a hole in the wall for venting, have not figured out a solution for that, have you? Your work is beautiful.