Gas Kiln Project is Nearing Completion!
Updated: Sep 24, 2021
The Potters Guild of BC has been working hard on installing a gas kiln for use by our members and the public since 2017. We acquired an 80 cubic foot Bailey gas kiln that was previously owned by Emily Carr University. The kiln was in use at Emily Carr from 2012- 2018 prior to ECUAD moving from Granville Island to their new campus. KG Wardstrom Industrial Gasfitters hooked up the gas on May 17th, and we are awaiting the sign off of the gas inspector. Our kiln is centrally located in Vancouver's Mergatroid building, 975 Vernon St.
This is Vancouver's only publicly accessible gas kiln, and we could not be more proud to own and operate it. Kiln access will be available to ceramic artists on a fee for service basis starting in Summer 2021. PGBC members will have 1st priority and a reduced fee, but non members are also welcome to rent space in the kiln.
We are assembling a team of highly skilled technicians to operate the kiln, and we will be training and doing our first test firing by the end of June 2021.
Funding for this project is provided by the City of Vancouver's Cultural Infrastructure Program and Province of British Columbia's Gaming Grants Program. Special thanks to Board member Laura Carey for successfully writing these grant proposals.
Many thanks to our core gas kiln team:
Morley Faber (Landlord)
Tony Wilson (Consulting Technician)
David Robinson (PGBC President)
Heather Lippold (PGBC Secretary)
Laura Carey (PGBC Treasurer, grant writer and project manager)
Diane Espiritu (PGBC Board Member at Large)
Amelia Butcher (PGBC Board Member at Large)
And also to our advisory team:
Karrie Doell and KG Wardstrom Industrial Gasfitters