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on 8/21/00 9:01 PM, MDecker at mdecker wrote:
> I would like some answers from you folks when you have time. This is a VERY
> busy time for all of you!
> 1. How do you schedule kiln firings (primarily secondary teachers with
> larger works requiring slow firing)? Do you fire only during school hours?
> Anyone fire on weekends?
> 2. How do you react to students who make fun of you?
> Judith Decker
Judith - On firings: We produce large amounts of ware in 8 clay classes
(pottery, adv. 3D design & sculpture), so firing is pretty much constant. I
pre-heat all greenware overnight (1 or 2 switches on low) & fire the next
day. This is usually accomplished before school gets out, but I always
check back if the firing takes longer. I have learned from experience to
never fully trust a kiln sitter! Gas is a different matter. I candle
overnight, which is OK, since there is a system which will shut the kiln
down if the pilot or burner goes out. I have developed a firing schedule
which usually allows me to reach ^10 reduction by 4 PM, but I often end up
coming back to shut it off.
The requirement that you physically be there during firings is a bit much -
does the maint. person have to be there when the furnace is running?
Reasonable caution would dictate checking every few hours at the end of a
firing to be sure it shuts off, but a preheating electric kiln is hardly a
hazard overnight. Yes, I often fire on weekends, since it is hard to keep
up during the week - an admission of failure on my part, I guess.
I tell students (really!) that if they make fun of me or especially another
student, they might as well draw a target on their forehead: "No matter how
good you think you are at putdowns and quick repartee, chances are I am much
better, children! I will treat you with respect and expect the same.
Should you choose to treat someone else w/ disrespect, I may choose to
embarrass you in front of your friends." I seldom have to demonstrate this,
thankfully, since my reputation precedes me - few students wish to try me
out. I really believe that students respond to being treated respectfully &
knowing that I will not tolerate put-downs is noted and appreciated by most
of the kids. - Dennis in Wyo.
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