About kiln Services at Alpine Clayworks
I enjoy firing people's ceramics and trying to meet their needs.
I have two kilns that I use for this service. Both are computer controlled and after much testing of their reliability I now fire them the same as is done at most pottery studios: I load them, program the controller, and set the kiln(s) to start at the appropriate time.
For years I carefully monitored each firing, documenting progress ever 30 or 60 minutes. However, I am so happy with the way these computerized kilns operate I no longer monitor them so closely. While I often will check their progress ...except when I fire overnight.
While I am happy to load the kilns I sometimes allow people to load their own pots. When I do, I will supervise the first time they load.
I don’t, however, let people program the kilns firing schedules. I always take the lead on negotiating the schedule for firing, the cone firing temperature and speed of firing to use and the actual programming the kilns’ computers.
At this time,one of the kilns is about half the size of the other (roughly 3.5 instead of 7.0 cu. ft.). I use the one that best suits the size and number of pieces being fired — or both when appropriate. If you don't have enough pots to fill either of the kilns I will try to find someone for you to share the firing with. The price charged will depend on the amount of space each participant requires.
If you can't fill a kiln but have a deadline to meet and we can't find someone in time I will fire your pieces but charge the full-kiln price.
The charge for firing the small kiln, regardless of the maximum temperature set (bisque or glaze temperature ranges) is $40.
The charge for firing the large kiln, regardless of the maximum temperature set is $50.
I have yet to restrict anyone's choice of glaze or clay, but I do insist that they must know what kind of clay they have used with each piece, the temperature range for all glazes on their pots. It is also their responsibility to be sure that the pieces are fully dry, free of air pockets and impurities and won't explode when fired and that they accept full responsibility for any damage done to the kiln or other people’s work caused by melting glazes, melting clay or exploding pieces.