Firing Services


Canberra Potters Firing Services

  • Our firing service is open to members and students ONLY.
  • As we are a teaching facility student work takes priority.
  • Students should move their work to the trolleys during their class time.
  • Member’s work can be dropped off for firing anytime that we are open.
  • Before bringing your work in please take a moment to read through our firing guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: The management and staff reserve the right to refuse pieces for firing that are deemed inappropriate or offensive to fellow centre users.


Firing costs for members & CPS students:

  • Individual pieces – $6/kg (bisque + midfire glaze); bisque or midfire glaze only – $4.50/kg
  • Items decorated with CPS-provided transfers – $7.10/kg (bisque + midfire glaze); bisque only – $5.60/kg

CANBERRA POTTERS MEMBERS RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT ON THESE PRICES on presentation of their current membership card.


Available firings:

  • Bisque firing: 1000°C (Cone 06)
  • Midfire Glaze firing: 1200°C (Cone 6): N.B. All standard CPS glazes are midfire.


  • Canberra Potters’ Society only uses midfire-appropriate clays and glazes in all classes (excluding speciality courses or special teacher-run firings).
  • If you are unsure of your clay or glaze type, please contact a staff member for help.
  • If our standard firings don’t suit your clay or glaze type (e.g. for stoneware or earthenware firings),
  • We also offer private kiln hire for members with a valid kiln licence. For more details please visit the ‘Kiln Hire’ page.


Firing Guidelines:

We will NOT fire

  • Work that is wet or damp. Work must be ‘bone dry’ when it is placed on the trolleys to avoid evaporating moisture and/or explosions in the kiln.
  • Work that contains foreign materials (metal, wood, etc.). The burnout can damage elements.
  • Glazed green ware (raw clay).
  • Work with glazed bases. This will stick to the kiln shelf during firing. Any work found to have glaze on the base or deemed otherwise unsuitable to fire will be placed on the ‘REJECT’ shelf in the kiln shed.
  • Solid or extremely thick pieces. Anything thicker than 3cm MAX has the potential to explode.
  • Work that is hazardous to the staff or our kilns.


  • Wax and wipe the bottom of all of your pots to ensure there is no glaze there.
  • Make sure that your work is placed on the correct firing trolley & is ready to be fired. Putting work on the wrong trolley endangers everyone else’s work in the kiln. If you are unsure, ask a staff member for help.
  • Poke a hole in your piece if it is hollow and fully enclosed. This WILL explode if you don’t.
  • Write your name or uniquely mark your work to more easily identify and collect from the trolleys. This also helps to prevent accidentally collecting someone else’s work.
  • Take your boxes with you; they will be disposed of if left behind. Trolley space is limited & is not for storage.
  • Bring your own box & packing material when you pick up your work as we do not supply these items.


  • Touch or move another person’s work.
  • Approach the kiln packers with questions or requests. They are only paid to pack the kilns not to teach or assist.
  • Ask the kiln packers to fire your work. All kiln packing is done as per the schedule set by the kiln manager. Class work must take priority.