Kiln Hire is ideal for anyone who occasionally works with clay but has limited space or does not wish to invest in the expensive firing equipment required. We have the equipment and specialist technical knowledge to fire your work for you, all you need to do is arrange a date, deliver the work and pick it up when ready. This service is available to schools, community groups, charities, small businesses and non-member artists.

Kiln Sizes

All measurements below are of the packing dimensions (internal area of the kiln) listed as width x depth x height.

Electric kilns

We maintain and operate several electric kilns which are capable of firing work up to 1260°C. 
 
Blue Bee – 41 x 45 x 90cm
Brockie – 60 x 72 x 75cm 
Jeff – 58 x 71 x 78cm
 

Gas Kilns

We also own and operate two gas kilns which are capable of firing work up to 1300ºC. One of these is a trolley kiln, one of the largest kilns available for use by ceramic artists in the Glasgow area. This kiln is suitable for firing large sculptural work. 
 
Beast – 120 x 90 x 100cm 
Marta – 60 x 60 x 75cm
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Prices

The following prices are valid as of September 2021. All our firings are offered at cost price, we do not make a profit from them.

ELECTRIC FIRING PRICES

All kilns except Brockie and Jeff

Firings up to 1060°C £45.00
Up to 1150°C £50.00
Up to 1200°C £55.00
Up to 1260°C £65.00

Brockie and Jeff

Firings up to 1060°C £50.00 (plus 24p per unit if over 80 units).
Up to 1200°C £65.00
Up to 1260°C £70.00 (plus 24p per unit if above 150 units).

For all electric firings the technician fee of £15 is included and covers one hour of the artist’s time for packing, unpacking and firing the kiln for you. For longer loading/unloading times there will be an extra fee of £20 an hour.

Prices are based on average electricity use. For extra slow firings and/or higher firings, extra charges may apply.

GAS REDUCTION AND OTHER SPECIALISED FIRINGS

Our gas kiln reduction firings and other specialised firings are dependent on a specifically trained members availability. 

GAS FIRING PRICES

Up to 1060C in Beast £55, in Marta £40 (includes £15 technician fee).
Up to 1200C in Beast £65, in Marta £50 (includes £20 technician fee).
Up to 1300C in Beast £75, in Marta £55 (includes £25 technician fee).

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Other Additional Charges

An extra £20 is charged for gas reduction or other specialised firings.
An extra £20 per hour is charged for loading and unloading which exceeds our standard included hour.
There is a £10 charge for the use of cones should you wish feedback on kiln heatwork and temperature.

Extra charges that may be due after the firing
£5 is charged for any kiln shelf liner that cannot be re-used.
Any kiln shelf damage that cannot be rectified, you will be responsible for replacing those shelves at an average cost of £50 per shelf.

All kiln hiring requests should be made initially through our booking form.

You will then be allocated one of our professional artists who will be in touch with you. That person will provide a quote for the firing, will book a kiln on your behalf, make arrangements to receive your work (preferably a day or two before your kiln booking), fire your work, and arrange a pick up time once the work has cooled down.

By using our Kiln Hire facility you will be accepting our Kiln Hire Terms & Conditions. Please note that our Terms & Conditions requires you to pay upfront before your firing takes place.

Our kiln hirings are by arrangement only, If you arrive without an appointment you will most likely be turned away.

Firings are usually booked at least one week in advance. At busy times of the year, it is better to book even further in advance. These times include the lead up to Christmas (late October and November each year), the lead up to Edinburgh Arts Festival (July) and any studio open days. 

It is often safer to transport work when it is leather hard. Please mention it when making your kiln booking if you would like your work dried in our drying cupboard prior to firing. We cannot guarantee we will have space but will accommodate you if we possibly can.

The Glasgow Ceramics Studio cannot be held responsible for any unsatisfactory results due to construction technique, inadequate drying times, inadequate preliminary bisque firings, stresses during transport, unknown glaze chemistry, additions to the clay, and clay suitability for the firing atmosphere and temperature requested. 

Kiln Hire Request Form

Please leave your message below outlining your kiln requirements and include as much information as you can – dimensions, quantity, and upload photos if possible, we will get back to you shortly.

Important! BEFORE you fill out the form below please be sure to read our kiln hire terms & conditions as you will be required to agree to them below.