The new year kicks off at Arvada Center with a new salt kiln for our renowned Ceramics Program.
This new kiln is the Cooperworks Mini and is a small salt/soda kiln, built by Cooperworks Kilns. Cooperworks is a Denver company owned by Jim Cooper, who has been building kilns in Colorado for over 30 years.
The new kiln will be primarily used for the Center’s Salt Firing class. “The smaller size will give us the ability to fire quickly, probably a 6-7 hour firing instead of about 18 hours (as was with the old kiln),” says Bebe Alexander, Ceramics Coordinator. “And we can do two class firings for every 5 week class. The old salt kiln was large, so we fired once at the end of each 5 week session,” explains Alexander.
“We will also be able to do soda firings, which is similar to salt, but uses sodium bicarbonate. The surface results are different and adds yet another type of firing to our studio. So, we now have low fire, high fire reduction, raku, salt and soda firings available to our students,” says Alexander.
To view our Ceramics classes offered – click the CERAMICS tab on the CLASSES page
images used with permission from Jim Cooper of Cooperworks Kilns
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