• MEMBERS - Kiln Loading Workshops

MEMBERS - Kiln Loading Workshops


● Sessions: 1
● Instructor: Zoë Pinnell
● Studio: Ceramics
● Age Level: 18+

Regular price


These workshops are for members at HCS looking to learn the ins and outs of kiln operation. This does not grant you access to the kilns without supervision at any time. It is intended to give you hands-on experience You will have to complete all three parts in order to operate the kilns as an EMERGING ARTIST. 

1/3- Bisque 101

Fri Feb 9th 5-7pm - followed by a Great Canadian Pottery Throw Down watch party!
Sat Feb 17th 2-4pm

2/3- Glaze Loading

Tues Feb 13th 4-6pm
Fri March 1st 6-8pm

3/3- Glaze Unloading

Thurs Feb 15th 4-6pm
Sun March 3rd 2-4pm

Part 1- Bisque loading/unloading, Programming Kiln
Learn the fundamentals of electric computerized kilns, including control panel navigation, kiln operation, and crucial firing temperatures and stages.

Gain proficiency in reading and utilizing the kiln's control panel. Learn how a kiln operates, how to program the kiln effectively and key temperatures through stages of firing. Learn Safe Handling techniques for loading and unloading a bisque kiln successfully, while gaining insight into the intricacies of bisque firing, its benefits, and potential challenges.

Equip yourself with strategies to address kiln explosions, breakage, and other unforeseen outcomes.

Part 2- Glaze loading, Programming glaze kiln
Learn how to read and utilize the control panel, basic kiln operation, and crucial firing temperatures and stages - learn how to program a kiln appropriately for the work you are firing.

Gain proficiency in reading and utilizing the kiln's control panel. Learn how a kiln operates through a glaze fire, and how to program, load, and operate a kiln for consistent results. Learn about using cone packs, effective loading techniques, using cookies and other useful tools to run successful firings and help protect your shelves. Instructors will share techniques to avoid glaze drips, hand unfired glazed pots and what to look for post firing in glaze ware.

Part 3- Glaze unloading, Care for kiln, Care for kiln shelves
Now that you know how to load and run your firings, let’s unload a glaze kiln!
Learn how to appropriately handle other makers’ work, and how to organize glaze ware for studio firings (students, members, full timers).

Learn about common flaws and why they occur. Plus, how to deal with cleaning the bottoms of pots, removing kiln wash, and sharp glaze bits post firing. Equally important in this workshop is Kiln Maintenance work. You’ll learn best practices for chipping shelves, applying kiln wash and what to do if there is a glaze kiln disaster.



This workshop is taught by: Zoë Pinnell
Zoë Pinnell, an accomplished ceramics instructor at Hamilton Craft Studios, brings a wealth of expertise as a Sheridan College ceramics graduate. Her artistic repertoire encompasses sculptural and functional handbuilt pieces adorned with vibrant glazes, underglaze, and terra sigillata. With a passion for earthenware, Zoë's creations exude warmth, depth, and captivating narratives.

Materials and Supplies: All necessary ceramics materials and tools will be provided for use during the class. This includes clay, glazes, pottery wheels, and various hand tools. Additional details about materials will be provided during class times.

HCS Facilities and Equipment: Hamilton Craft Studios’ well-equipped ceramics facilities are designed to facilitate a diverse range of ceramic work. Our spacious and well-lit studio is equipped with pottery wheels, kilns, work tables, and other essential tools to support your creative journey.

Registration: To enrol in a ceramics course or workshop, please complete purchase of your chosen course online. Spaces are limited, so early registration is recommended to secure your spot.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: We understand that circumstances can change. If you need to cancel your enrollment, please refer to our cancellation and refund policy outlined on our website. We strive to accommodate changes while ensuring a fair experience for all participants.

Safety Measures: Your safety is our priority. We maintain a safe and clean studio environment, and our instructors will provide guidance on proper usage of tools and equipment. We adhere to safety protocols to ensure a secure and enjoyable ceramics experience.

Community: Join our vibrant community of fellow ceramics enthusiasts, where you'll have the opportunity to share ideas, collaborate, and engage in creative discussions. Our ceramics classes foster a sense of camaraderie, allowing you to connect with others who share your passion for clay. The studio offers membership based access to our facilities if you are keen to continue your creative journey with us.

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