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Re: kiln talk...

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Dennis Freeman (freemad)
Mon, 06 Dec 1999 18:37:42 -0700

The reasons for venting the kiln are many: 1. Noxious gasses - firing silica
bearing materials & glazes produce all kinds of nasties; 2. Taking away
heat - if you fire just to bisque temps you are up around 1900 F! 3. Time &
quality of firing - venting improves glaze surfaces, produces more even heat
& shortens firing time. Having said that, you ought to think about it -
clay is a wonderful medium for kids. It is relatively cheap, extremely
flexible and produces permanent forms. You can do this without a
conventional kiln, but it sure is easier! Venting does not have to be a big
deal - if it is in a separate room, a simple vent fan will do the job. Hope
this helps ( and there I go, proselytizing about clay again - I can't help
it, Lisa!) Dennis

----- Original Message -----
From: Aaron and Jennifer <THEGREEN99>
To: ArtsEdNet Talk <artsednet>
Sent: Monday, December 06, 1999 6:05 PM
Subject: kiln talk...

> With all this kiln talk, I am reminded of a conversation I had with a
> couple of other teachers. They asked me why I don't do anything with clay.
> replied that I don't have a kiln as well as the place to put one. One of
> teachers hunted down a kiln and occasionally asks me why I don't go get
> I keep explaining to her that the kiln has to be ventilated - I can't just
> plug it in and awway we go. I don't think she understands. Why is it
> that the kiln needs to be ventilated? I know it does and can't stand the
> smell even if one is ventilated. Just curious...
> Jennifer in Michigan
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