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Critical Kiln Safety



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Introduction 0:50

Setup and Maintenance

Safely Setting Up Your Kiln Area 1:56

Properly Venting Your Kiln 2:02

Simple Maintenance and Where to Find Kiln Information 2:46

Annual Kiln Maintenance 2:20

Kiln Shelves and Furniture

Kiln Shelves and How to Use Kiln Wash 3:28

How to Set Up Shelves and Kiln Furniture 2:55

Understanding the Firing Process

Pyrometric Cones and How to Use a Kiln Sitter 2:21

How to Avoid a Kiln Meltdown 1:13

Using Pyrometric Cones to Determine Firing Temperatures 3:33

Thermocouples and Computer-Controlled Kilns 1:58

Preparing the Kiln

Preparing Your Kiln for Firing 2:28

Loading Work and Preventing Explosions 1:51

Drying Work and How to Fire Your Kiln Slowly 3:11

Loading the Kiln

How to Properly Load Your Kiln 4:01

Loading Additional Shelves 1:17

Other Tips for Loading Work 1:13

Final Steps

Opening Your Kiln After Firing 1:17

Common Issues with Glaze Firing 3:41

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Critical Kiln Safety

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!

Connected K-12 Art Educator Framework Competencies

12. Physical Space
B. Promotes the safe use of equipment, materials, and supplies

John Post

John Post

Elementary Art Teacher and PRO Facilitator

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.


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