slightly OT - what to charge

slightly OT - what to charge

Post by Kell » Fri, 01 Jan 1999 04:00:00



As I near my order day for the kiln, I'm pretty settled on the idea of
renting out firing time.  My days are free (I work at night now) and it
seems a good way to re-coup some of the cost of it.  Question: what
would be a fair per-hour firing charge?  There's really no one around
here to call to ask. (I will be requiring that the people who bring
stuff for firing know the correct temp and time, and they will be
placing the item and removing it, PLUS signing a release.)

--
Kelly

 
 
 

slightly OT - what to charge

Post by J J J Ja » Sat, 02 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Kelly,
I am not sure if it would be totally comparable, but as perspective, glass
studios charge between $7 and $15/hr for the use of a torch and kiln (the high
end studios usually include the use of tools).  Releases required, as well as
prior experience.
Jami Miller

 
 
 

slightly OT - what to charge

Post by Jeri W » Sat, 02 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Kelly - just to add to the pool of info, I take a class at Urban Glass
in NYC (where things are expensive, of course). The student rate for
lampwork studio time is $18/hour which includes torch and tools,  (not
glass) and the use of the kiln to fire what you make. Considering the
expense of running a studio, gas lines, wear and tear, it sounds like
the kiln is probably a very small part of the charge. Jeri
 
 
 

slightly OT - what to charge

Post by Kell » Sat, 02 Jan 1999 04:00:00


start out with..$5.00 or so per person. I guarantee that would cover the
cost

Quote:
> of a firing!  Good idea to have a release for people to sign-just in case the
> durn thing decides to misbehave, as they've been known to do! :)

I'm not so concerned about the kiln misbehaving as I am someone getting
the time/temp info wrong and deciding to sue me for destroying their
masterpiece.
 
 
 

slightly OT - what to charge

Post by Kell » Sat, 02 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> Kelly - just to add to the pool of info, I take a class at Urban Glass
> in NYC (where things are expensive, of course). The student rate for
> lampwork studio time is $18/hour which includes torch and tools,  (not
> glass) and the use of the kiln to fire what you make. Considering the
> expense of running a studio, gas lines, wear and tear, it sounds like
> the kiln is probably a very small part of the charge. Jeri

Agreed - my thinking is that since there is only one "public" source of
firing small objects (the University), which is not equipped for ad lib
requests, and two ceramics shops 25 miles out of town, There might be a
certain need for a local source of kiln.  I'm getting the larger of the
two recommended by PMC's Tim McCreight, which is about the size of a
small microwave, inside.  My making it available could mean some other
artists could expand their own work, even in the porcelain clay field.
It is one thing to be an alternative, but I would be pretty much the
only resource for off-campus small kiln firing.  Then again, if the kiln
doesn't "earn its keep" it still will be a source of joy for me.