April 24th, 2014

Project Schedule Form (click to download)

Drawing Tips (click to download)

Painting Tips (click to download)

Clay Tips (click to download)

More Clay Tips (click to download)

Project Planning/Sharing Form (click to download)

Tips and Ideas (click to download)

Resources Handout (click to download)

Strategies Handout (click to download)

Planning Matrix (click to download)


Kiln tips for success


  • Form clay project
  • Students put initials into bottom of project(s)
  • Let sit 1 to 2 weeks before first fire (projects are VERY fragile at this point). Extra thick projects/clay pots may need 2 weeks.
  • Put in boxes and store in a safe spot (kiln room is ideal)
  • 1st FIRE: nothing touching, using the shelves as needed (taller projects on the top-use taller pegs if placing tall projects down lower)
  • "Cone" must be used (very small piece-it disintegrates and this is what will shut off the kiln when done). They are in the top drawer of the 3-drawer shelves. Lay cone sideways (see diagram on directions to ensure proper placement) and remember to put the cone in before if you have to add another shelf.
  • Be sure to note that on the outside of the kiln, the top "hole" is open and the bottom two have the "peaks) in them.
  • Follow directions in kiln room to proceed.
  •  Next day (24 hours later), come to remove items out of kiln. Projects can be glazed whenever you are ready.
  • Glazing: Use bigger tubs of glazes if possible (they are more inexpensive) and don't need a top clear glaze (it's an "all in one" paint/glaze). bo NOT mix these tubs of glaze with water! Smaller bottles of glaze are more expensive-probably more appropriate for the older grades to avoid wasting. These smaller glazes need another clear glaze when done, so using them also takes a lot more time.
  • 2nd Fire: If there is a lot of paint/glaze on the bottom of the project, use the little stands with metal prongs to place it on (or it will stick to the kiln and possibly ruin the project).
  • You can actually glaze the projects and then fire it the same day with no need to allow to dry first.
  • Follow same instructions as above in regard to shelves, cone, etc. and the firing
  • Next day (24 hours later), come to remove items out of kiln.