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Kiln Firing Services

Inspired Minds Art Center offers public firing services up to Cone 04.

We operate a Skutt-1027-3 electric kiln in our pottery studio.


Firing Rates are the following:

  • $3: Single piece up to 6 inches

  • $5: Single piece over 6 inches

  • $15: 1 quadrilateral shelf

  • $25: 2 quadrilateral shelves

  • $40: 3 quadrilateral shelves

  • $50: 4 or more shelves


Shelf height maximum is 8 inches. If you have taller forms, you can buy a full shelf vertically. 


What we Fire:

  • We fire up to Cone 04 in order to fire green pieces and glazed works simultaneously.

  • We will not fire wet clay, paper clay, glass, or precious metal clay.

Risks and Damages:

  • We will do our very best to ensure a successful firing for your clay pieces, however there are always risks when firing clay. On occasion, glaze defects may occur.

  • All clay must be dry when you bring it to us. We do NOT accept wet clay projects.

  • Inspired Minds Art Center is not responsible for any cracks that might develop during or after the firing process.

  • You are financially responsible for any damages to our kiln or kiln furniture attributed directly to your work. 

Non-Earthenware Penalties:

  • Paper clay and paper armatures will NOT be fired in our kiln.

  • We will not fire wet clay, glass, or precious metal clay.

  • You must state the type of clay to be fired when you leave your pieces.

  • Any unknown/unstated clay items will NOT be fired.

  • A penalty of $40 will be assessed if there is paper or other known contaminants in the clay or if a shelf is damaged due to unknown clay type.

Transporting and Drop Off:

  • At drop off, you will be asked to fill out a form that includes your names, contact information, desired firing cone, and type of clay. Failure to completely fill out this form will result in a delay in firing your piece.

  • Unload your pieces onto the firing cart to check for pieces broken in transit

  • Please make sure each individual piece is signed. It will be your responsibility to identify it upon pick up.

  • Pieces must be free of glaze on their bases.

  • If your pieces need to be fully glazed and require stilts you must provide the stilts or we will charge $0.25 per
    stilt used.


Loading & Unloading:

  • Only the Ceramics Studio Manager may load the kiln.

  • Only the ceramics studio manager and approved instructors many unload the kiln.

  • Provide a box for the Studio Manager to load your bisque pieces for pick up

Turnaround Time:

  • We will fire only when we are able to fill the kiln at least 2/3 full. This will insure more successful firing results.

  • Priority is given to class firings.

  • Typical turn around is 1-2 weeks, but this is NOT guaranteed.

  • Firings are done on a first come, first served basis.

  • A representative of Inspired Minds will call you when your work is ready to be picked up. Inspired Minds is only responsible for work up to 30 days after firing.


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