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Re: [teacherartexchange] kiln troubles


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Nov 21 2007 - 05:42:49 PST

If there is rust I'm guessing it's time to requisition for a new kiln. When
I started in my district I inherited an antique kiln that had rust on the
lid & rim, the wiring poked out, firebricks were missing in chunks, and I
could not even purchase parts for this kiln as the manufacturer was
non-existant. The day it shocked me I unplugged it & walked down to the
superintendant's office & told him I was discontinueing ceramics in my
program until the kiln was replace. He looked at the kiln & told me to write
up a requisition & I got a new kiln. Of course, when maintenance was
installing the new one he kept fretting over throwing the old one away
because it was still "a good kiln". I told him it was a death trap & he
needed to be very careful who he gave it to since it could result in a

> I'm pretty sure they will not want me to fire the rest of these wonderful
> little bowls which I have done every year with my kids. This is not the
> first kiln incident. The kiln is sometimes stinkier than other times.
> One time it was empty and open and turned itself on (a power surge?) and a
> piece of newspaper hanging over the edge of the kiln (to protect my
> clothes from the rusty edge when I lean down into the bottom of the kiln)
> caught fire. And sometimes the kiln is just blamed anytime there is a
> fire-y smell in the building. I had been called to the school earlier in
> the day about this. The kiln was off. It turns out the students were
> making holiday feasts in the classrooms.

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