Personally, I find this the most troublesome of the posts in this thread. We want makers certainly, but do we want makers who join solely to have someone else fire their ceramics because we are cheaper then other options?
The fact of the matter is that kilns are not that expensive (compared to the other tools our makers own and use), with small personal sized ones ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand. Perhaps more of our makers (and the local pottery community) might invest if they could first learn how to use them.
From the posts on this thread it appears that the firing process is as much a part of the creation of the pottery as the actual throwing. How can it be ‘your’ pottery if you don’t know how to complete it? Collective firings are certainly more economical, but does one person actually Personally, I find this the most troublesome of the posts in this thread. We want makers certainly, but do we want makers need to be the person who loads and fires, or do you just need a ‘qualified’ person to supervise and ensure everything is done correctly.
This is basically equivalent to the wood shop committee saying you can’t directly use the power tools since you may hurt yourself or break them. So you must mark up your material and twice a week one of our knowledgeable folks will plane or cut or drill your material as needed… That kind of approach wouldn’t fly with any other committee, so why is it acceptable for fired arts?
The only nastiness I have seen in this thread has been from a few of the fired arts folks. I haven’t seen a single response that would prevent Fired Arts from offering members the ability to learn to fire pottery and experiment with different clays that couldn’t be overcome if there was any desire.
Anyway, I am done with this thread, as I mentioned above this is one of the things I joined for, and had a specific project I wanted to do. I put a lot of time, at home, because I was told they didn’t want my clay to contaminate anything, to learn to make that hand coiled pot. When I was expecting to move, I simply threw it out. From the responses, it seems that FA really hasn’t changed its basic approach since I joined.