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Kiln Rental at the Shadbolt

Raku Kiln

Members of the public are invited to make use of the extensive kiln facilities at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts for the purposes of firing ceramic ware.

To receive an access application form, or for information on guidelines for access and training on the use of the kilns, please call Jay MacLennan, Ceramic Technician 604-205-3042.

Kilns Available & Fee Structure

Kiln Size Cost*
Electric Kiln (7 cu. ft.) Bisque $52.47 per firing
Electric Kiln (10 cu. ft.) Bisque $54.52 per firing
Electric Kiln  (7 cu. ft.) Glaze to Cone 6  $65.22 per firing 
Electric Kiln  (10 cu. ft.) Glaze to Cone 6 $67.44 per firing  
Electric Kiln  (7 cu. ft.) Cone 9  $81.02 per firing 
Electric Kiln  (10 cu. ft.) Cone 9  $83.42 per firing 
Raku Kiln  $231.64 for 3 hours
($45.38 per each extra hour)
Tophat Gas Kiln  18 cu. ft. $203.63 per firing 
Sawdust Kiln    $71.83 per firing 
Soda Kiln  35 cu. ft. Call for Estimate 
Wood Kiln  53 cu. ft. Call for Estimate 
*Plus Technical Supervision Costs $40.00 per hour
*Plus Insurance Charges
Note: for Tophat, Raku, Sawdust, Soda and Wood, renter
must have their own insurance. Inquire for more details.
$1.00 per hour
*Plus Damage Deposit  $500.00
*Plus Taxes 


Electric Kilns

The Shadbolt Centre is home to 5 top loading electric kilns ranging in size from 7-10 cu. ft.. All have programmable controllers. The kilns are available for bisque, low/medium, or high temperature glazing or crystalline firing. 

Raku Kilns

There are 2 Raku Kilns at the Shadbolt Centre. They are fuelled by natural gas and monitored with a digital promter. The Shell opens and closes with an easy one-handed movement of the counterweight. The sandbox and metal containers are available for reduction. Bring your own combustible materials. 

Tophat Gas Kiln

The 18 cu. ft. tophat style updraft kiln lifts off its base for ease of unloading. It is fired with natural gas and is suitable for cone 10 reduction firing. It is monitored with an oxy-probe and is great for copper reds. 

Sawdust Kiln

This is a 25 cu. ft. brick box that uses sawdust as the fuel. Renters bring their own sawdust, free of preservatives, glues, or other contaminates.

Soda Kiln

The kiln was designed by Ted Neal and is fired by natural gas. The chamber holds about 35 cu. ft. of ware depending on the stacking. The soda firing takes approximately 12 hours with an overnight preheat. The soda is dissolved in water and is sprayed in the kiln at the end of the firing.

Wood Kiln

The Shadbolt Centre's wood fired train kiln, designed by John Neely was rebuilt by Ted Neal in 2014. It holds approximately 53 cu. ft. of ware. The wood firing takes approximately 32 hours.