Critical Kiln Safety and Firing Techniques for Every Art Room

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Created with Sketch. Setup and Maintenance

Created with Sketch. Safely Setting Up Your Kiln Area 1:56

Created with Sketch. Properly Venting Your Kiln 2:02

Created with Sketch. Simple Maintenance and Where to Find Kiln Information 2:46

Created with Sketch. Annual Kiln Maintenance 2:20

Created with Sketch. Kiln Shelves and Furniture

Created with Sketch. Kiln Shelves and How to Use Kiln Wash 3:28

Created with Sketch. How to Set Up Shelves and Kiln Furniture 2:55

Created with Sketch. Understanding the Firing Process

Created with Sketch. Pyrometric Cones and How to Use a Kiln Sitter 2:21

Created with Sketch. How to Avoid a Kiln Meltdown 1:13

Created with Sketch. Using Pyrometric Cones to Determine Firing Temperatures 3:33

Created with Sketch. Thermocouples and Computer-Controlled Kilns 1:58

Created with Sketch. Preparing the Kiln

Created with Sketch. Preparing Your Kiln for Firing 2:28

Created with Sketch. Loading Work and Preventing Explosions 1:51

Created with Sketch. Drying Work and How to Fire Your Kiln Slowly 3:11

Created with Sketch. Loading the Kiln

Created with Sketch. How to Properly Load Your Kiln 4:01

Created with Sketch. Loading Additional Shelves 1:17

Created with Sketch. Other Tips for Loading Work 1:13

Created with Sketch. Final Steps

Created with Sketch. Opening Your Kiln After Firing 1:17

Created with Sketch. Common Issues with Glaze Firing 3:41

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Critical Kiln Safety and Firing Techniques for Every Art Room

2 PD Hours

  • 1 Learn the basic processes for firing your kiln safely and successfully

  • 2 Explore ideas about the firing process to help you gain a better understanding of how the kiln works

  • 3 Hear specific tips regarding safely setting up your kiln and the surrounding area and maintaining and taking care of your kiln, kiln shelves, and kiln furniture

Have you ever learned how to properly and safely fire a kiln? It’s something that’s not often covered in art teacher prep courses, but it’s so important! Whether you’ve been crossing your fingers every time you fire a batch of clay or have stayed away from ceramics all together, worry no more! After completing this Learning Pack, you’ll walk away with the ability to safely set up and fire your kiln successfully every time!

John Post

John Post

PRO Facilitator and Elementary Art Teacher

John has an elementary art room in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and a pottery studio in Sedona, Arizona. He has taught art to kids at every level from Kindergarten through 12th grade since 1991. John hopes that by sharing how he uses clay with his students, more art teachers will venture beyond the basic pinch pot and into more engaging ceramics work.

Discussion

  • Terri Foote

    My school is building a new art room and I was able to order a kiln for the program. I can’t wait to get it set up! This was so very helpful. Thanks!

Resources

https://www.theartofed.com/content/uploads/2017/06/Kiln-Set-Up-1.pdf
https://www.theartofed.com/content/uploads/2017/06/Before-and-After-Firing-1.pdf
https://www.theartofed.com/content/uploads/2017/06/Options-for-Kiln-Furniture-1.pdf
https://www.theartofed.com/content/uploads/2017/06/UsingConestoEnsureSuccessfulFiring-1.pdf
https://www.theartofed.com/content/uploads/2017/06/ChemistryBehindFiringProcess-1.pdf
https://www.theartofed.com/content/uploads/2017/06/TypesOfClayBodies-1.pdf
https://www.theartofed.com/content/uploads/2017/06/Common-Issues-with-Glaze-Firing-1.pdf

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