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Firing the Gas Kiln with Chris Harford

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Dates & Times:

Sunday 23 May 9.00am–1.00pm
Saturday 5 June 9.00am–1.00pm
Sunday 6 June 7.00am–5.00pm


Chris Harford


Workshop Two & Kiln Shed



This course runs over three days, with a two week gap in the middle to allow time for students to prepare and glaze their work. You will learn all about how the kiln works, what reduction does to glazes and clay, and be able to fire your own work. At the successful completion of the course. CPS members will receive a provisional license to fire the CPS gas kilns.

Provisional license holders must successfully complete 3 monitored group firings, and be approved my the technical manager before a full license is granted.

The downdraft gas kiln

The Short Course includes:-

Day 1: The downdraft gas kiln - Design, how it works, how it is packed, the combustion system, temperature measurement, explanation of the reduction firing process, burner operation, glaze talk, kiln and kiln furniture care and maintenance, safety aspects.

Day 2: Packing - Learn how to pack the kiln efficiently and for best results. The gap of 2 weeks, gives participants time to glaze their work. Bring as many pots as you like we will fit as many as we can in the kiln.

Day 3: Firing - This will run from 7.00am to approximately 5.00pm and we’ll be firing all day. Weather permitting we will fire up the pizza oven for a communal lunchtime feast.

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Confident Intermediate to Advanced