Wish I knew how you could get a new kiln. My system bought one because they
were afraid of the fire hazards with the old one.
Last year (after years of my griping), they finally vented my kiln with an
Enviro-vent (sp?). It is WONDERFUL! They just attached it to the bottom of the
kiln, drilled several small holes in the lid and bottom of the kiln, and ran a
flexible metal tube to a hole they knocked in the exterior wall. It works
really well. The fumes AND firing times are extremely reduced, the glazes turn
out MUCH better, and the pieces cool off in record time. Maybe you could use
the savings in electricity as a selling point?
If you can't get a new kiln now, you could possibly get them to vent your old
kiln. The ventilation system could be moved to a new kiln later.
Get some parents to fuss about the health hazards. Administrators tend to take
their complaints to heart more often than teachers'.
Good luck! I spent 8 years hauling ceramic pieces across town to get fired. No