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firing fees for electric kiln

updated wed 30 jul 03


Furgeson Charles on tue 29 jul 03

What are shops charging or what are you willing to pay to Bisque fire to =
cone ^04 and Glaze fire to cone ^6
We are trying to establish a fair price to maintain the kilns and =
shelves and pay for the power used during firing.
Profit is not the objective a fair share of cost is important.
I am helping out in TN.
and will return to my Florida shop in the spring 04.
Any information on how it is done in your area would help.
Charles Furgeson

Gene and Dolita Dohrman on tue 29 jul 03

There is a place called Artopia here in Louisville that I am using till =
my studio is complete. They charge $10 an hour, $10 for a bag of clay, =
glazes and firing (electric) included. However, I was asked if I would =
like to have my pieces fired in their gas kiln and, of course, said yes. =
For 5 pieces I paid an extra $10. Only three of my pieces came out but =
it was so worth it! (Cone 10 reduction, tenmoku glaze, heaven!) This is =
not in direct answer to the question but may give others an idea of what =
places are charging. Dolita
Gene and Dolita Dohrman
1811 Edenside Avenue
Louisville, Ky 40204
Phone 502-749-1513

June Perry on tue 29 jul 03

Just use any search engine ( is one) and type in firing fees.
You'll find several sites which list their firing fees.

June Perry

Susan Cline on tue 29 jul 03

I have worked in various community studios. It seems a common, and fair, way to charge for firing in such a situation (electric OR gas) is by the cubic inch. Measure each pot to arrive at a cubic inch number, keep a list or a snip of paper on which you record the number for each piece. Then set a price per cubic inch. The usual "low volume" I have encountered has been .03 cents per cubic inch, both for bisque and glaze firings. But in a studio I currently work in I can pre-pay for a firing package of a larger volume (15,000 cubic inches) that brings the cost down to .01 cent per cubic inch. Recordkeeping is important, but it's fair and has not discourage me, as it should have, from firing some real clunkers.

My apologies to the non-U.S. members of this list. I think an inch is about 2.5 centimeters, so this could be converted fairly easily for international use.

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