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Lesson Plans

Kiln shelves and tile setters

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Susan Sanders (ssanders)
Thu, 9 Jul 1998 18:27:54 -0500

My tile setters were a major investment for me. I use the type that are
rectangular - 5 1/2" x 7" - and they stack up on top of each other. Fewer
tiles could be put in a large kiln with the vertical stacking sitters. The
weight of the tiles would bend the kiln shelves.

I got my setters and shelves at wholesale cost. That was the best price I
could find after calling several companies around the country. I guess you
could make shelves - someone has! I don't recommend it and do not know any
clay people who have.

In a classroom, I would spend money on shelves and various size posts. You
are not going to be doing tiles all the time. Extra shelves are really a
plus when firing student work. You want to fire full loads.

I would talk to other art teachers in my area about sharing special
equipment - like shelves and posts. Your clay projects could be scheduled
at different times of the year.