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October Bimonthly Newsletter from
Frank Colson International Colson Studio Complex.
October 15, 2009
I am fully understanding that those of you who
receive this publication are participants in
many related fields of art who work with clay
and the world of all the implements which are
needed to produce a finished piece which
One of the realities one often encounters is the
matter of "zoning' for the operation and
placement of a kiln! Particularly a fuel kiln.
I would like to illustrate a real life
experience (Tip of the Month) I
once had on this matter.
It may seem a bit farfetched; the
fact is that this is really what occurred:
upon the near completion of a large roll-in fuel
kiln being built in a restricted zoning area, a
local complaint was filed and in no time a city
building inspector came into sight. He glanced
at the completed arch which rose above him, and
asked to see the building permit for the
I replied that it was not a structure,
but rather a piece of equipment.
The kiln was built with no bounding
mortar in the brick, making it dismantling if
necessary. Still, the building inspector would
not accept the kiln as a piece of equipment and
repeated that it was an enclosed structure
requiring a building permit.
I asked the inspector to return the next
day so that I could present him with proof that
the kiln was indeed a piece of equipment.
In the interim, ten large burners were
installed on the kiln, and three large pots
measuring 60" high, were put into the firing
Upon his return, I asked the inspector to
step into the "structure" along with the floor
vases previously installed. I turned on the
burners, all eight of them, in order to bring
the temperature well over 2300 degrees F.
From that day forward, there was never
any more question as to whether the kiln was a
structure or a piece of equipment.
am aware that each situation has its own set of
circumstances which need to be carefully
evaluated and handled in a manner that Will not
offend or infringe on zoning regulations.
However, in many circumstances I have
learned that whenever there is a "grey" zone in
defining what to apply or not apply for, I'll
build or install the kiln firs and then confront
I have had circumstances occur where a
neighbor next door asked if I was building a
"barbecue", and I would agree that I was!
Even recently as two days ago an
potter emailed me asking if he could
build my 12' updraft catenary on a metal frame
with rolling wheels so he could return his kiln
back into his garage after firing.
He stated that his reason was that his
neighbors got bent out of shape seeing a kiln
next door outside.
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October 15, 2009|
A word about Frank Colson: Frank Colson initiated research, construction, and development in the field of kiln building and sculpture casting more than 3 decades ago!
He published a book by Prentice Hall in 1975: “Kiln Building with Space Age Materials” which became the definitive source of information on the use of “Ceramic Fibers” in kiln construction today! For an in-depth study on Frank Colson, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Frank_Colson
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