Who knew when you got a kiln that people would pop up all over who needed kiln space? At least, that's what has happened for me, and I must say, I am really enjoying the experience.
It came about this way...I told my friend, Leia the art store owner, that my kiln was in and operational. (It sounds dry, just typing it, but the actual conversation was very animated, indeed!) Her own kiln is a tiny little sweet thing...but it has been too small for some of her other customer's and friend's creations. Ergo, she put them and myself into contact with each other.
It has been working out wonderfully. I've been meeting new friends, and my new friends are thrilled to get their pots fired.
If you, too, should consider renting out kiln space, do carefully consider how much you should charge. For myself, it was pretty easy to find out my kiln's energy consumption.
- I checked the electric meter before and after a typical firing took place. That gave me how many kilowatt hours the firing used.
- I computed the cost per kilowatt hour, using the data on my latest electric bill.
- I then added in my other overhead costs such as kiln furniture wear, kiln wash used in the firing, and my time to help stack and monitor the kiln.