FIRING SERVICES & Work Drop Off Procedures For Non-Members
Non members of the studio in need of firing services can bring their work to Choplet Ceramic Studio. Please refer to the front desk hours listed on the Contact page.
We strongly recommend you purchase your cone 5-6 clay or casting slip from the studio which will ensure you can also use our glazes. We have many cone 5-6 clay bodies available for purchase and maintain an inventory of 40 to 50 cone 5-6 glazes at all times.
If you bring pieces made with non-studio clay, you must provide proof of purchase and exact cone reference for the clay and the glazes you intend to use.
If you decide you would like to glaze your work at our facility, you must pre-register for a 2 hour Drop In time slot ($50). You can use your own glazes (subject to our review and approval) or register for a drop in to use Choplet studio glazes, if you are doing both bisque and glaze firing cycle at the studio, in the collective firing. Our glaze access drop in is not available with Full kiln rental firing options.
Join our collective firing for 8 cents/cubic inch per firing. Rushed firing service (48-72 hours turn around per firing) is available for 16 cents cents/cubic inch per firing.
***PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU REQUIRE RUSH FIRING, YOU MUST INFORM THE FRONT DESK WHEN YOU PRINT THE FIRING SLIPS. YOUR PIECES WILL BE PLACED IN A DEDICATED AREA TO ENSURE THEY GET IN THE NEXT KILN BEING LOADED, AS LONG THEY ARE DRY.
How to estimate your collective firing cost: If you would like to estimate your firing cost, you should multiply LxWxH=Cubic inch.(Please note there is a 2.5″ minimum in any direction and measurements should be made on 1/2″ increment.) Then take the cubic inch amount and multiply by .08 cents (or 0.16 for rush firing) to get your dollar amount.
Do not call us to find out if your work has been fired. We fire thousands of pieces a week and cannot go search for yours. Please come back to the studio 10 days after dropping your piece to be bisque fired, this is generally enough time to ensure your piece has been fired and unloaded from the kiln. You should expect another 10 days for your piece to go through the glaze firing.
Please note that if you are firing low fire glaze items, they will be unloaded onto the bisque work shelves because they are being fired with greenware items. Rushed bisque and glaze firings (2-3 days turn around for each firing) is an option you can request when processing your order in the firing system. Make sure to let the front desk know so they can show you where to leave the pieces you would like to Rush fire.
The studio does not have the capacity to store pieces for an extended period of time. Work not picked up after 30 days (1 month) from bisque or glaze firing payment date, will no longer be available for pick up.
Please make note that we are a cone 5-6 mid-range clay studio. Low fire glaze requests will be accommodated in our bisque fire kiln. This means you assume the potential risk of a piece exploding in the kiln and sticking to your work and releasing moisture that could interfere with certain low fire glazes. Each one of your low fire glazed pieces must be labeled with the cone fire information of the glaze you are using.
Glaze firing greenware is prohibited. Pieces must have been bisque fired prior to glaze firing. Choplet studio will not provide a refund for lost pieces, pieces cracking, breaking, blistering, exploding or any other type of unsatisfactory result.