Ox-Bow Studio Descriptions & Equipment Lists

Ox-Bow’s studios are all unique spaces, built over the course of 100+ years. The studios are open 24 hours a day. We encourage students and faculty to also take full advantage of spaces outside the studio for installations and as inspiration.  Nestled between Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River, Ox-Bow provides a richly varied landscape of lagoon, woods, dune, and meadow.

Ceramics Studio, built 2000

Ox-Bow’s ceramics studio is a 1200 square foot, winterized building with an open floor plan. There are 4 large canvas-covered worktables and 13 electric throwing wheels. There is a small glaze room and a kiln room that houses our 3 large electric kilns.  There is a large, outdoor patio space off of the back of the studio, which is used as extra workspace during the summer. There are covered portions of the patio that extend over our gas and wood fire kilns.

 

Ceramics Studio (as of Fall 2015)

  • 13 Electric sit-down potter wheels
  • 100+ Throwing bats
  • Slab Roller
  • Extruder
  • Ware Boards
  • Gas Reduction Car Kiln- 40 cubic feet (outdoors)
  • Wood Kiln- Bourry Box- 80 cubic feet (outdoors)
  • Gas Raku Kiln- Lifted Barrel (outdoors)
  • Large Oval Electric Kiln- computer controlled
  • Medium Barrel Electric Kiln- computer controlled
  • Large Barrel Electric Kiln- computer controlled
  • Small test  Kiln- computer controlled
  • Ball Mill
  • Soldner Clay Mixer
  • Fluke Digital Pyrometer
  • Vented and well-stocked glaze room
  • Vented Kiln Room
  • Six 4'x8' Work Tables 
  • Large Spray Gun
  • 2 Small airbrush/spray guns

Metals Studio, built 1995

The Metals studio is an 800 square foot covered, open-air studio with cement flooring. There is a small indoor storage area and workstation. The studio has welding, blacksmithing and casting equipment as well as a variety of hand tools and woodworking equipment.

Metals Studio Equipment (as of Fall 2015)

Welding:

  • Millermatic MIG 210
  • Hobart EZ TIG 165i
  • PowerMax 800 Plasma Cutter
  • PowerMax 1000 Plasma Cutter
  • 2 Setups for Oxy/Acetylene Cutting/Welding/Brazing
  • 2 Auto-Darkening Welding Helmets
  • 2 Regular Welding Helmets
  • 16 Lt. Duty Welding Jackets
  • E6011 Arc Welding Rod
     

Large Equipment:

  • Ellis 1600 Horizontal Bandsaw 
  • JET 12” disc sander  708432K 
  • Grizzly G7944 Drill Press
  • Glastar Skat-Blast Sandblaster 21999
  • Sheet Metal Shear
  • Dewalt Chop Saw for Wood DW717
  • Dewalt Table Saw for Wood DW744
  • Porter Cable Bandsaw for Wood PCB330BS
  • 6” Bench Grinder

Small Power Tools:

  • 4 - 4 1/2” angle Grinders
  • Dewalt Jigsaw
  • Circular Saw
  • 2 Makita Electric Die Grinders
  • Milwaukee 12” Metal Chop Saw
  • Bosch Cordless Impact Driver
  • Bosch Cordless Drill
  • 2 light duty Hitachi Corded Drills
  • Dewalt 7.8 Amp Corded Drill with keyed Chuck
  • Dremel Tool

Blacksmithing:

  • 8 Coal Forges
  • 2 Gas Forges
  • Venturi Burner
  • 8 Anvils
  • 7 Vices
  • Swage Block
  • German Hammers
  • Rounding Hammers
  • Various Clamps
  • Gooseneck V-Bit Tongs
  • Box Tongs
  • Files
  • Cold Chisels
  • Wire Brushes
  • Various Rivets

Casting:

  • Small Furnace that Holds a #10 Crucible
  • 2 # 10 Crucibles
  • 8 Sets of Safety Gear
  • Spats
  • Aprons/Chaps
  • Jackets
  • Gloves
  • 3 Face Shields
  • Helmets with Wire Mesh Shields
  • Various Wax Tools
  • 2 Five Gallon Pails of Plumbego Graphite

Miscellaneous Hand Tools:

  • Crescent Wrenches
  • Allen Keys
  • Screw Drivers
  • Carpenter Hammers
  • Various Screw Sizes
  • Butchers Paste Wax
  • Hack Saws
  • Sledge Hammers
  • Files
  • Scrapers
  • Brushes
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Drill Bits
  • Level
  • Tape Measures
  • Wax Tools
  • Scales
  • Various Measurement, Layout Tools

    The Works on Paper Studio, built 2009

    The Clean Space

    The clean space is the 2nd floor of the larger 2-story works on paper studio. This winterized studio has a large, open floor plan with vaulted ceilings and tall windows. There is a large amount of table and counter space to work on. The clean space has three mac desktop computers (with adobe suite, final cut pro and internet access), digital printers and 11 x17” scanners. In the past, this studio has been used for performance, seminar-style, and photo & video classes. It has been turned into a giant darkroom and used as a gallery to display student work.

    Across the hall is a 300 square foot gallery space with a built in projector and sound system. This windowless space has been used to display work and screen videos & sound pieces.

     

    Clean Space equipment  (as of Fall 2015)

    Computers, Scanners, Printers in the Clean Space

    Computers:

    • 2- Mac Pro Towers 2.8 GHz Intel Quad Core Xeon
    • 2- 20” Apple Cinema Display Flat Panel
    • 2- 27” iMac 3.4 GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7

    All have the following software installed:

    • Final Cut Pro 
    • Adobe Creative Suite CS6—After Effects, Audition, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Encore, Extension Manager, Fireworks, Flash Builder, Illustrator, In Design, Photoshop, Premiere
    • Microsoft Office
    • iStopMotion

    Scanners:

    • 2- Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner
    • 1-Magic Wand portable scanner

    Printers:

    • 2-EPSON Photo Stylus Pro Printers – New as of Spring 2015
    • 1-EPSON XP-420 Workforce Desktop Printer (for proofing and text) - New 2015
    • 2-Canon ipf6300 Large Format Printers - Prints up to 24” wide – Used (donated)
    • Acquired Fall of 2015 from SAIC (came with inks / stand not included)

     

    Photo / Video / and Other Equipment

    **Anyone using video/photo equipment should bring their own memory cards.

    Photo/Video Equipment

    • 3-Canon HD CMOS video cameras (all have ac adapters and Firewire cables, 1 extra Canon AC Power 
    • Adaptor)
    • 1-Sony Handycam DCR- HC46 
    • 1-Kodak Pocket Video Cameras HDZ x 1 (basically a Flip Camera- takes AAs, with memory cards)
    • 6-Tripods
    • 1-DVD VHS Player (permanently located in the WOP Gallery)
    • 2-HD Video Projectors (one of which is located permanently in the WOP Gallery)
    • 1-Dynex Memory Card Reader
    • 14-Mini DV tapes (60 minutes)
    • 1-HDMI to HDMI cable
    • 1-Apple 30 pin Digital AV adapter
    • 1-Apple DVI to VGA cable adapter
    • 1-Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA dongle 

    Sound Equipment

    • 1-Marantz Professional Audio Recording Kits (all kits include Microphone, XLR to XLR 
    • cable, USB cord, AC power adapter, these take 4 AA batteries each)
    • 3-Pairs of Sony Stereo Headphones
    • 2-Insignia Computer Speakers with AC power adapters)
    • 1-RODE Boom Mic Pole
    • 1-Sound Cable kit (Includes 1 ALR to 1⁄4” cable, 2 1/4” to mini adapters, 1 1⁄4” to 1⁄4” coiled 
    • cable)
    • H2 Handy Recorder

    Darkroom Photo Equipment

    • 5-Developing Trays 12” x 15”
    • 4-Tongs
    • 1-Safelight Bulb and Clamplight
    • 1-Film Changing Bag
    • Misc. Chemicals, Developers, and Fix
    • 9ft Umbrella and metal stake/stand for Portable Darkroom- from Made in the Dark 
    • Class, in clean gallery space closet

    Other

    • 2-Sewing Machines
    • 1-16mm film projector

    The Print Studio

    The print studio is on the 1st floor of the larger 2-story works on paper studio. This winterized studio has an open floor plan with printing presses (litho, relief, etching and letterpress), counter space and worktables.  There is a small workroom in the back of the building, which is used as a darkroom for silkscreen. The porch off of the side of the studio is covered and can be used as overflow workspace. It also houses a washout unit.

    Print studio equipment  (as of Fall 2015)

    Etching/Relief

    Presses:

    • 1 Charles Brand Etching Press 30” x 50” bed
    • 1 Takach Table Top Etching Press 24” x 48”
    • 1 Vertical Etching Tank (Ferric Chloride Only)
    • 1 Charles Brand Hot Plate 24” x 36”
    • 2 large paper soaking trays
    • Various sized basic woodcutting tools (craft quality)

    Lithography

    Presses:

    • 1 Takach Table Top Lithography Press 24” x 48” bed
    • 1 Parks Lithographic Hand Press, built by Robert Mayer & Co. 26” x 36” bed
    • Approximately 60 Litho Stones, various sizes, between 8” x 10” - 14” x 18”
    • Large graining sink
    • 2 Levigators
    • 3 conditioned leather rollers (Black only)
    • 3 Rubber Hand Inking Rollers 15”, 18”, 19” various durometers
    • Scraper Bars (a lot, all sizes up to 24”)
    • Tympans
    • Litho Fans

    Screenprinting

    • Blackline Mfg, Backlit Washout Unit, with Filter Unit- Fits screens up to: 30” x 40”
    • 1500 PSI Pressure Washer
    • Screens- Approx. 50, Various Sizes, most 20” x 24” 255-300 mesh, 4- 30” x 40”
    • 9 Moveable Printing boards with hinge clamps
    • Scoopcoaters (12”, 16”, 19”, 20”, 24”)
    • Squeegees in a variety of sizes 6”-30” most 70 durometer (a few for fabric)
    • Fabric Printing Board- 72 x 36 inches

    Letterpress 

    • Vandercook 3 Proof Press
    • 30 galley trays
    • Type: See Separate Document
    • Print tweezers, 9 type setting guides, pica/point rulers
    • Slug cutter

    Digital/Photo Print Process Equipment

    • Automated Exposure Unit 25” x 36” (not a vacuum unit, foam blocks with 
    • weights, usually screen ink buckets, on top)
    • NuArc Flip-top Platemaker 36” x 45” exposure area (for photolitho plates, photo-
    • etching, polymer) (one side converted as a vacuum unit for screenprinting
    • Mac Pro Tower 2.8 GHz Intel Quad Core Xeon
    • 20” Apple Cinema Display Flat Panel
    • HP InkJet 700 M712 Printer (prints both 8.5”x11 and 11”x17”)

     

    Other Equipment

    • NuArc Drafting/Proofing Light Table 30” x 40”
    • 2-Book Nipping Presses
    • Paper cutter Kutrimmer 1100 30” x 40”
    • Accucutter Model 2001 12” Shear
    • 2 AWT Drying Racks 22” x 30” 
    • Paper Soaking Trays 
    • Portable Inking Slabs
    • Plexiglass for Monotypes
    • Various Sized Speedball Brayers, Palette knives, etc.

     

     


    The Glass Studio, built 1995

    The glass studio is located along the lagoon. It is an open-air studio with pull down garage doors, 3 glory holes, a central furnace and 3 annealers. There is a screened-in work area at the back of the studio as well as a small cold shop.

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    Glass studio equipment (as of summer 2016)

    • 2 Propane with Ceiling Blower Glory Holes (interior: 16” W x 32” L)
    • Propane and Squirrel Cage Blower Glory Hole (interior: 16” W x 32” L)
    • 2-Door Double Venturi Brothers Furnace (250 lbs Crucible)
    • 3 Annealers
    • 2 MAP Torch-Heads
    • 17 3/4” standard workhorse pipes
    • 11 1/2” small pipes
    • 11 1/2” small punties
    • 7 3/4" punties
    • 1 1” pipe
    • 1 1” punty
    • 3 Jacks (2 small, 1 large)
    • Color Pot Crucible
    • Batch/Cullet
    • MAP Gas Tanks
    • Oxygen Tanks
    • Propane Tanks
    • Chemtane Tanks
    • Bench Wax
    • Compressor Oil
    • Dust Masks
    • Latex Gloves
    • Newsprint for Hot Glass Papers
    • Kevlar Gloves
    • First Aid Kit Bandaids
    • First Aid Kit Antiseptic Wipes
    • Respirator Mask Cartidges (3M)
    • Chalk
    • Gas Tape 

    The Painting Studio, built 1975

    The painting studio is an 1800 Square foot, winterized building with an open floor plan. There are tables, chairs, taborets, easels and drawing horses that can be moved in and out of the studio depending on the needs of the class.


    The Clute Studio, Built c. 1928

    The first studio built on Ox-Bow’s campus, this all-purpose space is situated along the lagoon and is one large, open workspace. There are concrete floors, uninterrupted wall space and large worktables. It is primarily set up as a papermaking studio during the summer, but can be used for a multitude interdisciplinary classes.