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Re: Ceramics: Outdoor Firings

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Thu, 17 Apr 1997 13:07:07 -0400 (EDT)

Hello everybody,

I'm glad to see these questions because I have some clay but no kiln and
would like to try outdoor firing. So anyone who answers I hope will answer
to the list... or include me in the info. I would also like suggestions on
naturally occuring free or at least cheap natural glazes... not so much
because I like them... but because of the absence of money in the budget.

Kathy Maloney Johnson
Father Lopez High School
Daytona Beach FL

In a message dated 97-04-17 12:50:54 EDT, you write:

<< Our teachers at the high school and middle school level have used both
smoulder and raku outdoor firing techniques for years. Recently, our safety
and risk management people have requested guidelines for safe practices and
procedures when these firing techniques are used. I have poured over back
issues of Arts Hazards News and have found nothing. Our adopted text is
y in the Artroom by Charles Qualey. This text does not cover outdoor

Does anyone have the following:

1. Safety procedures regarding outdoor firings.
2. Processes for successful smoulder and raku firings.
3. Design plans for smoulder and raku kilns.
4. Fire code requirements for outdoor firings.

Thank you for any help you might be able to give.

Roger Tomhave
Art Instructional Specialist
Fairfax County Public Schools