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Firing Services

Canberra Potters Firing Rates

ieCOVIDSafe Firing and Clay Services 

Clay sales and firing drop off are currently 10.00am–4.00pm Tuesday to Sunday at the Canberra Potters shop. You no longer need to make an appointment, but please sign in when you arrive and out when you leave.

General Firing Information

We have recently simplified our firing protocols. The same process applies to students and members.
All work needs to be weighed by a teacher or a staff member. There are weigh points in the clay store (during class time) and the Shop (10.00am–4.00pm Tues–Sun). Work is to be paid for at the time and will be placed on the bisque shelf ready for firing.
Due to the number of members and students putting work through the kilns, there is a 10kg limit on how much one person can drop off at the shop in a week. This is so everybody has a fair chance to get work through the kilns in a timely manner.

 

You must be a Canberra Potters member to have non-classwork fired.

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Firing fees for students & members

Member bisque & glaze $10 per/kg
Non-Member bisque & glaze $12 per/kg
Member bisque or glaze only $6 per/kg
Non-Member bisque or glaze only $7 per/kg

 Available firings for members and students

  • Bisque firing: 1000°C (Cone 06)
  • Midfire Glaze firing: 1200°C (Cone 6): N.B. All standard CPS glazes are midfire
  • Canberra Potters’ Society only uses midfire-appropriate clays and glazes in all classes (excluding specialty courses or special teacher-run firings).
  • If you are unsure of your clay or glaze type, please contact a staff member for help.
  • We also offer private kiln hire for members with a valid kiln licence. For more details please visit the ‘Kiln Hire’ page.
  • Cone 6 is the maximum temperature allowed in the electric kilns. Members wanting to fire to stoneware temperatures can only do so in the gas kilns, when they have completed a gas kiln firing course at CPS and received a gas kiln license.

 

Firing Guidelines

We will NOT fire
  • Work that is wet or damp. Work must be ‘bone dry’ when it is placed on the trolleys to avoid evaporating moisture and/or explosions in the kiln.
  • Work that contains foreign materials (metal, wood, etc.). The burnout can damage elements.
  • Glazed green ware (raw clay).
  • Work with glazed bases. This will stick to the kiln shelf during firing. Any work found to have glaze on the base or deemed otherwise unsuitable to fire will be placed on the ‘REJECT’ shelf in the kiln shed.
  • Solid or extremely thick pieces. Anything thicker than 3cm MAX has the potential to explode.
  • Work that is hazardous to the staff or our kilns.
PLEASE DO
  • Wax and wipe the bottom of all of your pots to ensure there is no glaze there.
  • Make sure that your work is paid for at the time it is weighed.
  • Poke a hole in your piece if it is hollow and fully enclosed. This WILL explode if you don’t.
  • Write your name or uniquely mark your work to more easily identify and collect from the trolleys. This also helps to prevent accidentally collecting someone else’s work.
  • Bring your own box & packing material when you pick up your work as we do not supply these items.
PLEASE DON’T
  • Touch or move another person’s work.
  • Approach the kiln packers with questions or requests. They are only paid to pack the kilns not to teach or assist.
  • Ask the kiln packers to fire your work. All kiln packing is done as per the schedule set by the kiln manager. Class work must take priority.