Kiln Hire

Do you have clay work that you need to fire? You can hire space in one of our electric kilns at our studio at Spode Works in Stoke-on-Trent

 

FAQ’s

How do I book?

Please download our booking form and return it to us with as much of the information filled in as you can and email it to studio@britishceramicsbiennial.com.

 

How big is the kiln?

The biggest kiln is: 46cm x 68cm x 75cm or 18.1″ X 26.7″ X 29.5″ (width x depth x height)

 

What temperatures do you fire?

We fire at 1000C, 1140C and 1260C. A different temperature can fired to, if you book a full kiln. Check the correct firing temperature for your clay and glazes. Firing clay and glazes at the wrong temperatures can damage the kiln and other people’s work.  If you are not sure, please check the packaging and discuss with us first.

 

How much does it cost?

Full kiln: £80

Half kiln: £40

or 45p per litre (measuring w x h x d of your piece in cm and divide by 1000)

We will be able to give you an exact cost when we receive the work at the studio.

 

How long will it take?

We generally fire the kilns twice per week, according to demand. There is a minimum of one week turn around for firing work. This may be longer if there is not enough work to be fired at the same specific temperature. To reduce environmental impact, we wait until a kiln is full before firing. If you’re working to a deadline, we would recommend hiring out a full kiln to ensure your deadline is achievable.

 

How do I book the service?

Download and fill out our booking from then send to studio@britishceramicsbiennial.com. We will then email you to arrange drop off. Once we have packed your work into the kiln we will contact you with the exact cost. We will then ask you to pay this via BACS transfer. 

 

When can I drop off or collect work for firing?

You can only drop off and collect your work by arranging it with the studio team. We have a designated place for contactless drop off and pick up at Spode Works.

 

How do I pay?

Once you’ve received confirmation of the cost, BACS transfer to:

The Clay Foundation

Sort Code: 08-92-99

Account Number: 65780750

Reference: Kiln DDMMYY (Kiln and the date of your slot)

 

Where do I drop it off?

BCB Studio

Spode Works

Elenora Street

ST4 1QQ

 

How do I get to the BCB studio?

The entrance to the Spode car park is on Elenora Street, Stoke. There is a security office to the right of the car park. The security guard will see you arrive at the barrier and direct you to the drop off point – you can park nearby.

 

How can I assure I can stay safe while dropping off work?

We have a contactless drop off point, where hand sanitiser is available. Our studio staff adhere to government guidelines. The safety of our staff, studio members and customers is important to us!

 

What happens if the work gets damaged in the kiln?

We take great care loading and handling everyone’s work. We make sure it is dry enough for firing. If we are unsure about a piece of work then we may contact you for more information before firing. Sadly, on occasion, damage may happen due to the delicate nature of ceramics. Work fired in a community kiln may also damage or be damaged by the work next to it. If you are particularly worried about this, it may be better to book a full kiln for yourself. We would not be liable for any compensation for damaged work.

 

What happens if my work damages the kiln or kiln furniture?

If your work causes damage to the kiln or kiln furniture, we may ask you to contribute to repair/ replacement.