SIG Kiln

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Special Interest Group - Kiln

SIG Kiln is dedicated to all the uses of the Kiln and the KilnZone.

It includes a list of members of SIG Kiln, Warden's Log, Apprentice/Journeyman/Master tests and ratings, KilnZone Rules and general questions among the group. If you are using or interested in future use of the KilnZone, please add your name to the list and check back from time to time.

SIG Kiln Members

Terry W. - Warden - Apprentice Rank

Marie-Therese Enga

Warden's Log

3/2/13 - Kiln 1 is Operational. Roger and I are working on a programmable controller usable by either Kiln. John has offered i3 a contribution of another Kiln, Kiln 2. Kiln 2 is for ceramics and has maxtemp of 2300F, whereas Kiln1 has a maxtemp of 1800F. The plan is to get the controller operational first, then get in Kiln 2 and use/store both kilns for at least 6 months and then make a decision if we will streamline to a single kiln.

Apprentice/Journeyman/Master System

The KilnZone will be using a A/J/M system for use of the Kiln. Ratings are given by the Warden after review. Definitions are as follows.

Apprentice - Member knows how to operate the KilnZone safely and knows the rules.

Journeyman - Apprentice PLUS has had significant experience with Kilnwork. Skill level is variable.

Master - Journeyman PLUS high level of skill in one or more of the Kiln arts. Masters can teach all ranks.

KilnZone Rules

1) A ranking of Apprentice or better is required to operate KilnZone equipment.

2) When not firing, all private materials and components need to be removed to member's storage. The metal rack is for PUBLIC materials only.

3) Only use normal KilnWash for PUBLIC surfaces. No Boron Nitride.

4) Clean or apply KilnWash or Boron Nitride OUTSIDE. No Exceptions. ALWAYS use a mask. Masks are private, not public. Keep them in your storage.

5) Do Not open a working Kiln unless you are the current user or there is an emergency.

6) If you are using a Kiln and need to leave the building, Make sure Your name and cell # is on the KILN IN USE clipboard and the Kiln In Use Side is outward.

7) Do not put cardboard or paper in the cage. Plastic is OK if more than 18" from the Kiln.



1) If needed call 911.

2) If possible turn OFF Kiln 1 by turning all 3 knobs on Kiln 1 to ZERO. You should hear a click and see the red light go out.

3) To contain fire, if necessary, use the fire extinguisher located at TBD.

4) Call current user at the cell number located on the clip board on the gate of the KilnZone.

SIG Kiln Events


Member Questions

Post your questions to the group here:

Q: To the group, please comment on the Rules.