Studio Soda Firing
Please read the following carefully before registering:
Bisque pieces must be dropped off by May 16th.
We will email as soon as work is available for pickup.
-Pieces must be boxed (we usually have extra clay boxes available) and left outside Louis' office door.
-Please label the box with your name
-Pieces should be ready to load. We will put wading on the pieces as we load the kiln
Space in the kiln will be sold by the shelf. Each shelf of the kiln is roughly 12"x24"x7". For example, this is enough space for roughly 10 mugs. Pieces in a soda kiln have to be spaced somewhat far apart, so this shelf space will fill quickly. Tall pieces will be fired on their side unless glazed or noted otherwise.
The cost of a shelf in the kiln is $35.
Pieces made from porcelain, B-Mix, or stoneware could be left bare on the outside of the pot or glazed on the outside of the pot. Results will vary, will typically be quite shiny and might have some interesting colors.
You'll need to register for open studio to come in and glaze or slip your work.
Glazes change a lot in the soda kiln. Celadon, shino, chun, and tenmoku are the glazes that will do the best in the kiln.
Flashing slips are available, you can find them in the glaze room - these go on leather hard clay, dipped, brushed, or sprayed on.
You may register for more than one shelf by adding a 'guest' to your registration.
All of the pieces will be distributed throughout the kiln - we won't be putting all of your work on the same shelf. Doing this makes sure that all of your pots don't turn out the same or end up on a shelf in the kiln that doesn't turn out well.
We will do our best to get great results on this firing. Not every piece will turn out perfectly, this is the nature of soda firing. If you have pieces that you want to be fired again, you will have to pay for another shelf in an upcoming firing.
This is no guarantee that all of the work that you drop off will make it into the firing. If you have extra pieces, you will have to register for a shelf for the next firing.
The cost of this firing is based on the labor involved in loading, firing, unloading and cleaning up each firing. The $35 per shelf price is in line with other organizations that provide soda firing services.
Do not hesitate to ask us any questions about the firing: