Firing Service

Currently not available due to student demand.

Minimum firing charge $100.
Bisque firing $8/kg
Glaze firing $12/kg
MIC application of clear glaze $5/kg
Gold firing $8/kg

Whole Kiln 45 cm x 45 cm x 70 cm $150 per firing
Whole Kiln 70 cm x 70 cm x 100 cm $350 per firing

Please note different firing charges apply to Made in Clay members and students, refer course guide or website for details.

Technical Stuff
We operate 3 phase electric Woodrow Kilns using electronic program control device in conjunction with Orton heat cones.

We only fire in an oxidised atmosphere and so do not offer reduction firings.
Temperatures will vary within each individual kiln load and this can impact results within and between kiln loads.

Our standard firing ranges are as follows:
BISQUE 950 c – 1000 c
EARTHENWARE 1080 c – 1100 c
STONEWARE 1250 c – 1280 c

Turnaround time
Our goal is 28 days turn around however, this depends on demand, equipment maintenance and the occasional equipment failure. Our kilns are in constant use during term time with our students work which will always take priority. We’ll give you an estimated pick up date at the time of lodgement and let you know if this changes.

Drop off and collection
Items requiring firing can be dropped off at the front counter between 10.00 am – 12 noon Saturdays, or by appointment.
Please do not enter the studio and or rummage through shelves looking for your work.
We’ll contact you as soon as your order is ready for collection at the front counter. Due to space constraints, orders not collected within 30 days may be donated to charity.
Please bring a suitable box and bubble wrap or similar to pack your fired work. Or if you prefer we can supply bubble wrap and bag or box for which you will be charged a fee depending on materials used.

Packaging and labelling
Items to be fired must be wrapped in protective material, preferably bubble wrap and lodged in a sturdy box and clearly labelled with a completed Made in Clay Firing Service Order Form.

Items for firing must carry some form of identification which can be reconciled with the order form.

Serious fine print
If kiln shelves are damaged because of overflowing glaze or inadequate cleaning of glaze from bases causing work to adhere to kiln shelves, you will be charged a cleaning fee of $20 per damaged shelf.
If your work ruins a kiln shelf, you will be charged for the cost of replacing that shelf with a new one, which can be as much as $250.
If your work damages the interior of the kiln, you will be charged for the cost of resultant repairs.

To avoid these things from happening please ensure that:
• You know what sort of clay you are working with
• You know how the glaze is likely to behave
• You remove glaze at least 5 mm from the bottom edge of your work.
• Work does not exceed 1.5 cm in thickness
• Clay has been wedged and is free of any air bubbles
• Foreign materials such as paper, metal, wood, etc. have been removed
• Fully enclosed, hollow work such as figurines and heads have a hole to allow expansion of air inside the piece.

Whilst we promise to exercise every care in firing your work, accidents do happen and if we break apiece in handling we will sincerely apologise, refund what you paid and fire a replacement piece free of charge. We will not however be liable for any other penalty or claim for damages.
Glaze firing can be unpredictable, shelf temperatures can vary due to packing and content, different glazes release different chemicals all of which contribute the element of mystery which accompanies every firing. Until you open the kiln door you can never be sure what how things have fired.

And that is why we can offer no guarantee as to the results you will achieve.

Firing Service Order Form