Pottery Kiln Firing
Our professional pottery kiln on location (67 Sugars Rd, Bellbowrie, Queensland) is available for students and non-students alike!
What type of pottery firings do you offer?
We regularly do earthenware bisque (1040°C) and glaze firings (1100°C). Occasionally we do more specialised runs, such as mid fire, stoneware, lustre, and raku.
How often does the kiln run?
Exact time between each run varies as we need a full queue of pots to run the kiln at optimal settings, but we typically have a bisque or glaze run every couple of weeks.
How much does it cost?
All bisque and glaze firings are $12.50/kg, and we will weigh your pieces just before they are fired to calculate your invoice. Please contact us for a quote on a more specialised run.
How do I get my pieces fired?
You’ll need to contact us to arrange a time you can drop off your pieces to our location at 67 Sugars Rd, Bellbowrie.
When dropping off your pieces, ensure:
- They are packaged securely in a box with a waterproof lid or covering.
- You have a signature or identifying mark on all of your pieces (so we can easily sort out which pottery belongs to your after firing).
- A written list of:
- your name and contact details
- how many pieces you’re getting fired
- and a brief description of each piece including:
- rough physical characteristics
- the type of clay (and brand if you know it)
- the type of any glazes used (and brand if you know it)
These details are important for us to look after and fire your pieces as well as well as possible.
We’ll contact you know as soon as you’re pieces are ready to collect!
Is there anything else I need to know?
You must make sure your clay and pottery is safe to be fired. There must be no air bubbles, big or small in the clay, and no section of the clay must be thicker than 1 inch. Otherwise, there is a risk of your piece exploding in the intense heat of the kiln, damaging not only your own creation but possibly the creation of others too!
You must ensure no glaze touches the bottom of your pot and no glaze is too thick near the bottom of the pot. If your piece fuses to our kiln shelf due to glaze being too close to the bottom or your glaze running during firing, you are liable for the cost of a new kiln shelf.
While we take every measure possible to take care of every piece of pottery we handle and fire, we are not responsible for any damage to any pieces of clay or pottery in our care.
Join Pottery Fun
Get your hands in some clay every week with Jacqueline Hill or see our upcoming Saturday Workshops.