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Easy and Convenient  Kiln Firing with Mystery Creek Ceramics

We offer a full firing service out of our store at MADE Hamilton East. Whether you have a one-off clay event or would like to regularly fire with us, we have a system to suit your needs. Download our easy to fill out form and drop it off filled out with your items to the store. 

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One off firing 

If you’re looking to host an amazing clay event such as a birthday party, or wine and clay with your friends, Mystery Creek Ceramics can offer you the full service from supplying you with what you’ll need to create, to firing and glazing your pieces. 

Pop into the store and we’ll help get you sorted with the necessary clay supplies. 


Clay 

Our recommendation would be to use Mac’s Mud Studio White clay, this is a high quality New Zealand clay that is white and easy to use. For small projects 2 kg per person will be perfect but if you have greater ambitions such as large vases or pedestal bowls then we recommend 3-4 kg per person. 


Tools

We have pottery tool starter kits in store; grab one of these per three people in your group.


Colour

Kiwi underglazes are the perfect way to add colour to your pottery at home. These are locally made and we love them! You can either purchase the primary colours, black and white and custom blend all the colours of the rainbow, or we stock the entire range, so come in store and pick your favourite shades. 

Once you have made your creations, painted them and they have dried a bit, wrap them up well in boxes with lids. For wrapping fragile pottery we recommend using towels, bubble wrap, dish cloths or other packaging material. These boxes can then be delivered to our store during our opening hours. We'll then transport your pieces to our studio for firing. 

It is ideal for the pieces to be fired twice, once in a bisque firing, then glazed and fired for a glaze firing. 


Pricing for bisque & glaze firings, including glaze application:

Full service: Both firings (bisque and glaze firing) plus application of clear glaze

Small - Pieces below: 9cm x 9cm x 9cm $4 per piece

Medium - Pieces below: 16cm x 16cm x 16cm $7 per piece

Large - Pieces below: 25cm x 25cm x 25cm $9 per piece 

Anything larger than this will require an individual quote. 


Just Bisque Firing:

Small - Pieces below: 9cm x 9cm x 9cm $2.50 per piece

Medium - Pieces below: 16cm x 16cm x 16cm $4 per piece

Large - Pieces below: 25cm x 25cm x 25cm $6 per piece 

Anything larger than this will require an individual quote. 


Bisque and Glaze firing but glazing is completed by customer between firings:

Small - Pieces below: 9cm x 9cm x 9cm $3 per piece

Medium - Pieces below: 16cm x 16cm x 16cm $6 per piece

Large - Pieces below: 25cm x 25cm x 25cm $8 per piece 

Anything larger than this will require an individual quote


Important notes:

There is a 3 week turn-around for this service for each firing. 

Creations must be dropped to the Mystery Creek Ceramics Shop during opening hours. Creations need to be packed in sturdy boxes that are either closed or have lids with sufficient packaging around the creations. Care will be taken with the boxes but all damage in transit is the responsibility of the customer and no refunds will be provided for transit damage. Creations must be marked with a recognizable mark so orders arn't mixed up. 

There is a $40 fee if any glaze (when applied by customer) runs onto the kiln shelves.

We can fire clay and glazes not purchased in store but it is absolutely essential that you can identify the clay or glaze brand, type and firing temperature. We cannot fire unknown clay or glaze as this could damage our kiln and kiln repairs can vary from $40 to $400. Any damage caused to the kiln is the responsibility of the piece holder and you will be charged upon collection of pieces. 

 

Regular firing service - Jump onto our Patreon to sign up! 

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This firing service is subscription based so that you can get your creations regularly moving through firings. There are three tiers. Join on at the tier that suits you best. Three types of firings are available on this service:

  • Bisque firing to 950 degrees C
  • Cone 6 oxidation firing to 1220 degrees C
  • Cone 10 oxidation firing to 1283 degrees C

In this tier system, all pieces are measured in our ‘Mug Space’ unit which is equivalent to a large Mystery Creek Ceramics nerikomi mug.

1 Mug Space = 9cm tall x 12cm wide x 9cm deep


The options available are:

  • 20 Mug spaces per month at $40 per month
  • 40 Mug spaces per month at $80 per month
  • 60 Mug spaces per month at $120 per month

There is a 2 week turn around for this service for each firing. 

Creations must be dropped to the Mystery Creek Ceramics Shop during opening hours. Creations need to be packed in sturdy boxes that are either closed or have lids with sufficient packaging around the creations. Care will be taken with the boxes but all damage in transit is the responsibility of the customer and no refunds will be provided for transit damage. Creations must be marked with a recognizable mark so orders arn't mixed up. 

There is a $40 fee if any glaze (when applied by customer) runs onto the kiln shelves. If this occurs more than twice in a year further use of the siring service will be declined and the customer’s subscription cancelled. 

Delivery of fired items to the store will occur weekly on Wednesdays. 



We can fire clay and glazes not purchased in store but it is absolutely essential that you can identify the clay or glaze brand, type and firing temperature. We cannot fire unknown clay or glaze as this could damage our kiln and kiln repairs can vary from $40 to $4000. Any damage caused to the kiln is the responsibility of the piece holder and you will be charged on pick up of pieces. There will be spot checks on how many mug spaces you use per month and at any point you are exceeding your limit we will either charge you the extra or cancel your subscription. 


There is a wait list if you can’t get a space and would like to join, please email shop@mysterycreekceramics.co.nz