Kiln Firing

The Club has several kilns available to members either individually or as a group to fire their own work.


Note that you have to be approved by our Kiln Sub-Committee before you will be granted access to use the kilns unsupervised.


Bookings should be made with the Kiln Booking Officer: Karen Charlebois
Mobile: 0407 007 556
Email: karen.c.ceramics@bigpond.com


Firings are conducted regularly, so if you do not have a kiln load yourself, contact the Kiln Booking Officer to determine who is firing next, then contact that person and ask if you can share their kiln load.


Costs of the firings are proportioned out on the basis of kiln space used.

 

When using the kilns, remember to place cones inside. Please follow the Kiln Instructions provided with each kiln.


Use the logbook to record your firing. You will also find the cost to run each kiln on this book.

 

Each member is entitled to have one bisque and two glaze firings per month. Members must ensure their previous firing has been paid for before making a subsequent booking.  

The club has three electric kilns, 1 raku kiln, 1 glass slumping kiln and a jewellery kiln. Four days are allowed for the larger electric kiln to cool and three days for the smaller ones.  Only one kiln may be fired at a time.

Members are to follow the pre-firing and post-firing procedures which are detailed at the club.  This includes making sure that kiln shelves are coated with kiln wash (provided by the club) prior to firing,  kiln shelves are numbered and logged on firing sheets and any cracks or glaze drips on the shelves are reported to the kiln officer.  This ensures the continued functioning of the kilns for all members.

Kiln firing sheets are to be completed for every firing recording the units of electricity before and after each fire to calculate the applicable firing cost.  Cones are provided and there are a number of stoneware and raku glazes available for use with the cost calculated based on the size of the item being glazed.

KILN RATES

Electric kiln - $1.00/kw 

Raku kiln - single fire - $25

Raku kiln - half day - $50

Raku kiln - full day - $90

The person booking the firing must take responsibility for the total cost of the firing and the condition of the equipment on completion.  Any issues are to be reported to the Kiln Officer, Karen Charlebois Ph: 0407 007 556.

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