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SoupDragon Wed 03-Sep-08 22:13:54

We're trying to persuade our school to let the PTA buy a kiln. The head is dubious about the idea!

1) Would the same kiln fire clay as well as painted bisque (a la pottery painting)
2) Does it need a special "house"
3) how much do they cost to buy and run
4) What else do I need to know


SoupDragon Thu 04-Sep-08 09:07:52


kilns can fire a range or temperatures. you can use the same kiln for bisquing (firing dry clay to bisque) and for glazing.

you need to get heat proof material for the surrounding walls etc

you need a 'hood' like an extractor over it as well.

not sure about cost though. all i konw is htat it's more than i can afford right now!

SoupDragon Thu 04-Sep-08 09:13:19

I'm not spending my money though Have to say I have a sneaky little hope that I'd be able to use it for personal use though!

SoupDragon Thu 04-Sep-08 09:14:04

Thanks BTW. I know nothing about kilns whatsoever. Where would we buy one from? Are there different types? [ignorant]

there are lots of different ones. i suspect you'd probably wnat electric as opposed to gas.

there are different sizes/shapes/temps/brands

what are you plannig on using it for?

tips for choosing a kiln

ButteredDragon Thu 04-Sep-08 09:20:30

Um... I think mainly to fire clay models the children have made rather than using that dreadful air drying clay. That way, they get something that looks nice rather than something that is crumbly and kind of hairy! Obviously would need to do glazing as well.

Yes, I would imagine electric would be preferable. It's a large primary school (3 form intake plus 2 nursery classes) but space to house it may be an issue - who knows, we may have to build a hut for it!

ButteredDragon Thu 04-Sep-08 09:20:53

I knew someone on MN would be able to help

not much help i'm afraid. it's been a fair few years since i even used a kiln.

i think there is someone else who is a ceramicist as well but i can't think of who.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Sep-08 09:24:08

Oh, you're more help than my complete lack of knowledge! I promised the PTA chair I'd research it and then realised I knew chuff all.

ClosedForCleaning Thu 04-Sep-08 09:27:18

SoupDragon - have to declare an interest here because this is a friend of mine, but you may like to try here:

If you do, ask for Chris - she is the owner and a potter herself. However, she also teaches in schools (as well running children's classes in her studio). IIRC she has supplied many schools with kilns, will give good advice and can help with initial training etc if you get the go-ahead. I don't know where in the country you are, but don't be put off by the location - there are few specialists and she therefore covers a large area.

aviatrix Thu 04-Sep-08 09:52:14

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SoupDragon Thu 04-Sep-08 10:05:26

SoupDragon Thu 04-Sep-08 10:06:30

All we need to do is persuade the head it's a good idea. She won't let us have a swimming pool!

ClosedForCleaning Thu 04-Sep-08 10:10:44

Am pretty sure no child has ever drowned in a kiln - if that helps!

ClosedForCleaning Thu 04-Sep-08 10:11:31

Disclaimer - Unsupervised children and kilns DO NOT mix.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Sep-08 10:12:22

It was the running costs of the pool she was concerned about. I think this may also be her concern about the kiln... Either that or she doesn't want us to spend the PTA money on anything.

aviatrix Thu 04-Sep-08 12:50:19

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SoupDragon Thu 04-Sep-08 13:03:49


I so want the to buy me the school a kiln!

<wonders if she is anywhere near soupy....> wink

SoupDragon Fri 05-Sep-08 09:23:36

you're about as far away as you can get

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