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Electric Kilns: Operation, Control and Maintenance

Electric Kilns: Operation, Control and Maintenance

Course Provider: Potclays Ltd.

Contact Name: Becky Otter

Telephone: 01782 219 816

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Brick Kiln Lane

Course Length: 1 day

Price: £125

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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


In 2017, we are offering personalised Electric Kilns tuition on-site at our factory with one of our experienced engineers for £65.00 inc VAT per hour for up to 6 people. That works out at as little as £43.33 per person for a 4hr session for 6 people. We will tailor your tuition to your requirements. If you would like advice on a specific model of kiln, please discuss this with our engineer when booking. Dates/times by arrangement. Lunch and refreshments at additional cost. Contact us for more information.

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Ability Level 2/3 (Intermediate/Advanced)

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Hosted by:

Harry Fraser F.I. Ceram. A.Inst Ref.Eng. | Former managing director of Potclays, ceramics engineer & consultant. Author of books on ceramic faults, glazes, kilns and previously a regular contributor to Ceramic Review and other journals. Lectures on courses concerning ceramic technology, kilns and control and Health & Safety.

Jonathan Noake MA | Chairman and Managing Director of Potclays Ltd. Electronics and ceramics engineer with expertise in design and application of control circuits, kiln technology, computerised equipment etc. Extensive experience in the construction, firing and maintenance of gas kilns.

Wilf Smallman | Key member of Potclays’ Kiln Production Department. Wide experience of kiln building, including bricklaying and repair in front- and top-loading kilns, both electrically operated and gas fired.

An in-depth full-day intermediate to advanced level lecture-based course covering electric kiln construction, installation and maintenance. Topics covered will include siting, replacement of elements, brickwork repair, temperature control & measurement, the use of kiln instruments and cones, recommended kiln loading techniques and health and safety considerations. Teachers/tutors and ceramics practitioners alike will benefit from this highly informative seminar. Due to the popularity of this course, we strongly recommend early booking in order to guarantee a place.

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Have you been inspired by watching the Great British Pottery Throwdown and want to learn some techniques? Browse the range of fabulous pottery and ceramics courses at Potclays - we have been teaching beginner potters as well as practiced professionals for over 35 years!

What's included in the price?

Lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

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I attended this course several years ago, and it has come in useful time and again.
I thoroughly recommend it, I have the confidence to do small repairs, and regular maintenance to my kilns. And even changed a set of elements myself, though I did get an electrician friend to check I'd done a good job.
It's well worth the money, and not scary at all.
My advice , do it.


The course was very interesting, informative and useful. It has given me the confidence to have a go at fixing my own kiln as well as protecting myself from some of the harmful effects of firing.
Well worth the money.


an excellent course, so informative and usefull, i have been able to maintain my kilns with confidence ( with a little back up from my friendly electrican) and understand firing processes more deeply than was ever covered at uni.
its a must if you want to run your own studio.


very helpful and interesting


Very comprehensive course content. I have been able to maintain our own heavily worked kiln quite easily!


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