Sorry this is a repost from a different forum. I am new to posting and inadvertantly posted to the Education forum and do not know how to move or delete it...
With that said, I am growing out of my current indoor studio space (a spare carpeted bedroom believe it or not). I am, at this point, strickly a hand builder. My kiln is currently in my non-heated cinder block garage. I have been thinking about moving my studio to the garage which would give me more space and less concern about messing up the carpet in the spare room. My questions, which I bet have been answered in other posts but I can't seem to find them, are as follows:
1. At what temperature will clay freeze? If I store my clay in the unheated garage at what temperature will I need to worry about freezing?
2. Are there some low cost ways to keep my garage/studio above the temperature where my clay will freeze?
3. Other garage/outdoor studio artists - in what ways do you keep your studio warm while you are working?
4. Also I have not used my kiln yet this winter and I was wondering if I have any cause for concern when starting it up to fire? Do I need to warm the garage up a bit before I start the kiln? There have only been a handful of days where the temp has dropped to or below freezing.
While it has been unseasonably warm here in Indiana this year, I still need to know about the minimum temperature my garage can be before i have to worry about freezing clay, glazes, etc.
Sorry if these are repeat questions. I tried a dozen or so search terms and just cannot seem to find this topic in the forums. So forgive me if the topic already exists.