Getting your pots fired

Bisque firing

Pots must be fully dry before they are bisque fired.

When pots are fully dry place on the shelves edged with GREEN. Where possible stack your pots before placing on the shelves, pack them closely.  Do not just place your pots along the front of the shelves. Pots are selected for placement in the kiln based on their size and shape not their position on the shelves.

If your pot is fragile or delicate place it on an appropriate-sized, already bisqued kiln biscuit, or in a bowl so that loaders handle the tray not your pot.

Place your pots directly on the shelves not on a batt. All batts must be cleaned and returned to the shelves upstairs.

Pots must be accompanied by the appropriate Firing Slip with eftpos receipt attached (Firing Slip on top, receipt underneath) 

Glost Firing

Check your clay type

  • For earthenware and other low fire clay (those with a maximum temperature of under 1160 deg.C) use a YELLOW firing slip and place on the shelves edged with YELLOW.
  • For mid-firing clays (cone 6) place on the shelves edged with RED

Place pots on the shelves in a sensible position arranged according to size and shape.

Pots must be given a minimum of 24 hours drying time after glazing. Wet pots produce steam which over time ruins the kiln elements.

Pots that have just been glazed will not be fired.

Pots must be accompanied by the appropriate Firing Slip with eftpos receipt attached (Firing Slip on top, receipt underneath) .

Damage

It is your responsibility to ensure your pots are in a condition ready for firing without incident.

You will be charged the cost of repairing any shelf or kiln damage caused by glaze runs or melting clay.

No more of your pots will be fired until you have paid for all damage.

Test tiles

Reasonable numbers of test tiles are fired at no charge.

For bisquing they must be stacked in an appropriately sized container.

For glost firing they must be on a kiln biscuit with a minimum of a 5mm rim so as to contain glaze runs.

Club firing timetable

Club firings are normally conducted weekly. The kilns are  loaded on Monday night and unloaded ready to be picked up on Thursday. Odd-shaped and large (tall or wide) pots may have to wait for an appropriate space to come available.

Collecting pots

Maximum storage time on the “completed” shelves is STRICTLY 3 weeks…
WEEK 1 = 1 – 7 days from unload date
WEEK 2 = 8 – 14 days from unload date
WEEK 3 = 15 – 21 days from unload date
WEEK 4 = there is NO week 4! after 21 days your pots will be removed: glazed pots to the substation roof; bisqued pots will be disposed off.

Moving other members’ pots

If you need to move other members’ pots to get at yours then please do so very carefully.

It is most important that you return any pots moved to the same shelf that you found them on.

Can’t find your pot

Look on the grey edged shelves. They may have been (1) broken or (2) been rejected for some reason such as poor glazing. Read the note with them.