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OCAC Studio Facilities
The studios at OCAC include Book and Print, Ceramics, Digital Lab, Drawing and Painting, FabLab, Fibers, Metals, Photography, and Wood.
BOOK and PRINT
The Print Shop houses two 27" x 48" Griffin etching presses; four Vandercook presses; Platen and proofing presses; and a large collection of metal and wood type. Systems for making polymer plates, aquatint, etching, and plate lithography. The Bindery includes two 40" board shears; three guillotine cutters; job backer; French standing press; nipping presses; two dry-mount presses; antique perforator, miscellaneous sewing, punching and stamping equipment. The papermaking area (shared with Fibers Department) has a David Reina Hollander-style beater as well as miscellaneous moulds and equipment for Western and Eastern papermaking.
The ceramics area includes sixteen built-in electric/kick potter’s wheels, eight electric wheels, hydraulic and manual extrudes, Soldner clay mixer, pug mill, spray booth, sandblaster, fully-stocked glaze lab, plaster/mold making area, and hot-wire foam cutting table. The indoor kiln area houses two state-of-the-art Blaauw kilns and twelve electric kilns; seven with computer kiln controllers. The outdoor kiln pad has a salt kiln, soda kiln, updraft sagger kiln, downdraft gas kiln, raku kiln, gas test kiln, experimental firings area, and oxyacetylene and TIG welding area.
The Drawing, Painting, and Design Studios in the Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting, and Photography Building include large open studio/classrooms with windows and skylights for natural light. A variety of studio equipment, including easels, tables, projectors, light tables, a human skeleton, and a large supply of still life props are available for use. The department’s tool shop includes chop saws, jigsaws, nail gun, clamps and a variety of hand tools.
The FabLab and Digital Imaging Lab at OCAC are designed to support an innovative approach to making by providing access to advanced digital tools and equipment. FabLab is a collaborative creative space where students in all media explore a variety of materials and forms, opening new possibilities for students to create work and preparing them for future success in studio practice and making industries and businesses. The selection of equipment includes 3D printers, a laser cutter, CNC router, vinyl cutter in the Fablab; 18 Power Mac towers with Eizo monitors, film and flatbed scanners, two 17” Epson printers, a 44” wide format Epson printer, and a 63” Epson in the digital imaging lab; and a jacquard loom and quilting machine in the Fibers construction studio.
The Weaving Studio has a 12’ Shannock Tapestry loom, twenty-six Macomber AD-A-Harness jack style floor looms, two AVL CompuDobby looms, computers for drafting, and an extensive yarn collection. The construction studio consists of large work tables, felting and spinning tools, two sergers, vintage leather sewing equipment, and 18 sewing machines. Sewing machines include three Janome Magnolia 7330s, three Janome 1600 P machines, two Pfaff 1220 Series machines, six Pfaff Hobby Series machines, and one Bernina 1620 quilting machine. The Surface Design and Dye Studio contains padded print tables, equipment and materials for various applications such as painting, and printing, resist dyeing-batik, and shibori. The Dye Studio is fully equipped for chemical and natural dye processes, as well as papermaking.
The Metals Studio contains equipment for centrifugal and vacuum casting, soldering, annealing, raising and forming, electroforming and plating, enameling, stonecutting and lapidary, oxy-acetylene welding, and tumbling. Drill presses, rolling mills, hydraulic press, horizontal and vertical bandsaws, metal lathe, chop saw, arc welder, wax injector, vulcanizer, sandblaster, jump and beverly shears, sanders, grinders, box break, and scroll saw, round out the Metals Studio facilities.
The photography facility features a Digital Imaging Lab, Lighting Studio, as well as wet and alternative processes darkrooms. The Digital Imaging Lab has 18 Power Mac towers with Eizo monitors, film and flatbed scanners, two 17” Epson printers, a 44” wide format Epson printer, and a 63” Epson. The Lighting Studio contains wall-mounted backdrops, multiple power sources, and light modifiers. The Print Finishing Room includes a wall-mounted glass and mat board cutter, dry mount presses, and individual flat files for storage. The Film Development Area includes three individual film-loading rooms, a film development sink, and two drying cabinets. The Gang Printing Darkroom has 12 Omega 4550 enlargers capable of handling 35mm, 2-1/4, and 4x5 negatives, two drop-bed enlarger stations, archival washers, and an RC print dryer. The Alternative Processes Darkroom features a mural printing area, an 8” x 10” Devere enlarger, and two large format drop-bed enlarger stations. The 30” x 40” Metal Halide exposure unit with vacuum table allows users to experiment with a variety of 19th century contact printing processes that utilize ultraviolet light using traditional film negatives or enlarged digital negatives.
The Wood Studio features a 10’ Altendorf sliding table-saw, a SawStop table-saw, four band-saws, and two miter-saws. There are also two large lathes, two planers, two jointers, two router tables and two Multi-Router joinery machines. Sanding and finishing equipment includes an oscillating spindle sander, a 20” disc sander, an edge sander, a 2-stage compressor, and a Venturi vacuum system in addition to a spray booth with HVLP spray guns. The bench room contains a wide array of hand tools including chisels, carving gouges, saws, and planes as well as an array of Festool equipment.