Many of you may not be aware of the fact that Van Allen Elementary has state-of- the-art computerized kiln in which we fire your child’s art ceramic projects. It is about 3 years old and is located in a small room off of the special education room where Mrs. Mertens teaches. The art projects are wheeled down to the kiln room to dry for a week or more and then they are loaded into the kiln and fired for about 6 to 8 hours at a temperature of around 1500 degrees. Then the projects have to cool in the kiln for another 8 to 12 hours. I usually fire the kiln during the day and let it cool overnight. The computerized kiln has helped us to fire many projects at once and to get beautiful, consistent results on our glazed pieces. The photos show our kiln and some of the third-grade clay owls waiting to be fired. The Salem projects are fired in this kiln as well.
Mrs. Jean Caboth, VA art teacher
VA/Salem Rrt teacher