I was fortunate enough last year to be able to purchase my own press for my studio! Firstly, as a printmaker it's hard to run across or acquire the equipment that that you need in order to practice your medium. I've relied on residencies in order to continue working beyond grad school, but I even have to be selective with the ones I apply to because most of the few printmaking residencies that are out there don't have the equipment necessary to work large scale. And besides, it's usually hard to justify leaving home base for more than two weeks at a time as I get older and my responsibilities at home are increasing.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that one of the premier press manufacturers, Conrad Machine Co, allows artists to put presses on layaway! For any of you printmakers out there, this is awesome. It allows you pay very little at a time towards a press. Tom Conrad and his team were easy to work it, and the shipping process (which I thought would be nuts) was also surprisingly easy. I gathered a few strong friends and they uncrated and assembled the press, which arrived partially assembled. I feel so blessed to have access to a press. Now back to work!