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Lesson Plans

Re: Kilns

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Wed, 27 May 1998 11:22:27 -0500

Micheal: If a potter truly wants the purist approach to learning about
the actual firing process then one needs to use a gas kiln. An electirc
kiln is like using a microwave as opposed to a stove.Unfortunately, due
to saftey regulations, space, etc., electric kilns are utilized as well
as low-fire glazes in most public and private primary and secondary
schools. Therefore, it's more cost effective for an electric kiln to be
used. Skutt kilns have a good track record as well as Paragon. As far
as auto-timers and cone-setters go... I feel they are great back-ups in
case you're unable to adjust the kilns temperature. It helps to avoid
any unpleasant happenings inside the kiln. Those of us that have used
these kilns know how unpleasant that can be. The teaching process can
still be utilized with the use of auto-timers, cone-setters, etc. It's
one thing if a potter is the only one using the kiln in the privacy of
his or her studio but it's another when used within a classroom with a
variety of different types of pieces, 30-60 kids working with clay, and
schedules to keep to keep up with.

Your comments also remind me of issues discussed amongst faculty and
students at my school. Questions such as...should photo majors have to
take drawing? Many photography students don't think so. Personally, I
disagree, I feel no matter what media, you are planning to work with,
one can learn a tremendous amount of info about the elements and
principles of design that are utilized in 2-d, 3-d and 4-d areas. The
same would apply to those that use computers as a drawing tool. As a
photographer-I'm curious-what is your opinion about requiring or not
requiring photography students to take drawing..even if it is a basic
fundamental course?