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Firing Pottery and Ceramics

Firing Fundamentals

Firing, Clay and Kilns - electric kiln firing

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Description

A two-hour session where Pie Bolton will instruct and demonstrate the basics of electric kiln firing. If you are thinking about buying your own kiln, have just started firing your own pottery or simply want to understand more about the firing process this is the perfect session for you.

This workshop is suitable for those new to ceramics and those with some experience. You will leave the session feeling more comfortable about…

  • firing your own work,
  • asking/answering questions if your work is being fired by someone else, and
  • armed with the questions you need to answer when considering buying your own kiln.

Topics covered will be…

  • OH&S
  • Different kinds of clay and firing temperatures
  • Tour of kiln parts and controllers
  • Kiln furniture
  • Shelves and their care
  • Loading and unloading a kiln – bisque and glaze
  • Kiln pack examples
  • Heatwork, cones and cone packs
  • Firing cycles
  • Record keeping
  • Important temperatures
  • General tips
  • Considerations when buying a kiln

You will leave with a handout containing firing notes, general firing cycles and a checklist for decision making when deciding on your own kiln.

Bring…

  • A notebook and pens
  • Your kiln questions
  • A camera

Pie Bolton is a ceramic artist and experienced technician who worked for many years in the ceramics departments of Holmesglen TAFE and RMIT University. She is passionate about ceramics and has extensive experience in all types of firing. She founded The Kiln Room in 2019 where she operates her specialist ceramic firing service for ceramic artists, potters, schools, universities, and businesses. She is a regular online ‘Clay Doctor’ at the International Clay Congress troubleshooting for participants in her special topic of interest – firing. Pie and her team are serious about ceramics and The Kiln Room is committed to technical excellence. The Kiln Room actively seeks to cultivate and preserve a culture of inclusion and connectedness.

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What you will learn

  • This workshop is suitable for those new to ceramics and those with some experience. You will leave the session feeling more comfortable about… • firing your own work, • asking/answering questions if your work is being fired by someone else, and • armed with the questions you need to answer when considering your own kiln.

What you will get

  • This workshop is suitable for those new to ceramics and those with some experience. You will leave the session feeling more comfortable about… • firing your own work, • asking/answering questions if your work is being fired by someone else, and • armed with the questions you need to answer when considering your own kiln.
Parking Info

Parking is available at the front of The Kiln Room and also plenty of free parking on the street at all times.


What to bring

  • Bring your notebook/visual diary and all of your kiln and firing questions.

What to wear

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Dress for the weather outside.

Appropriate for

If you are thinking of buying your own kiln, have just started firing your own pottery or simply want to understand more about the firing process this is the perfect session for you.


The Kiln Room

5.0
(25 Reviews)

The Kiln Room is a fully equipped ceramic studio offering technical pottery and ceramic classes and specialist ceramic experiences.

The Kiln Room is the brainchild of Pie Bolton. Her concept is the evolution of a studio, growing in facilities and services at the request of the ceramic community and wishing to build connections between artists. It aims to promote the sharing of knowledge and to embody the generosity of spirit of early ceramicists and potters.

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5.0 (5 reviews)
Shanirated it
06 Jun 2022
Really great and informative session. Pie’s skills, passion, professionalism and wealth of knowledge clearly show through. Highly recommend.
The Kiln Room 06 Jun 2022

Thanks Shani! Loved having you in the class. Thanks for making the big trip across town to attend! Pie :)

Johnrated it
06 Jun 2022
As someone new to cpottery and with pretty much zero firing experience, I found the Firing Fundamentals course to be a great introduction to the process and electric kilns. Pie is extremely knowledge and fantastic at communicating that knowledge to beginners. The class was highly interactive with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Highly recommend this class and the Kiln Room.
The Kiln Room 06 Jun 2022

Thanks John! Your asked some great questions! It was lovely to meet you all and thanks for coming from the other side of town on such a chilly night. Pie :)

Lucienne rated it
06 Jun 2022
Very good classto learn about the kiln and learn how to know what firing you need or how to do it yourself.
The Kiln Room 06 Jun 2022

Loved having you! I am so glad it was helpful! Pie :)

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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You may cancel anytime before class starts and claim a full refund or transfer or credit note.

Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at The Kiln Room or organised by The Kiln Room must agree to these terms and conditions.

1.) LIABILITY WAIVER

I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by The Kiln Room

2.) PHOTO & VIDEO

I agree to give The Kiln Room unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at The Kiln Room  classes and events or on The Kiln Room premises and associated venues. (For use of The Kiln Room marketing materials).

3.) REFUNDS

Please choose your course dates carefully! We cannnot offer refunds, if you change your mind after you have made your booking, you can transfer the booking to a friend. This must be done before the course starts and we must be advised of this change. Once the course has begun there are no transfers.

Students uncertain of their ability to attend are encouraged to take out the Weteachme cancellation policy at checkout. This policy allows you to cancel and receive a full refund, including the insurance fee which is 10% of the class fee.

4.) CANCELLATIONS

Please note that if a class/event/session does not fill with the required minimum number of participants it may be cancelled. In the event that a class is cancelled by The Kiln Room, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund, transfer or credit.


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