ACMS Art Class Kiln

Moderation state
Grant Applicant
Pamela Hamilton
Grant Category
Grant Date

As one of the ACMS ACES Art Teachers, I would like to install a kiln for pottery and ceramic activities.  The electric kiln would benefit the 6th - 8th-grade art programs. The type if kiln is as follows:

Cress ES23-240

The Cress E-Series electronic kiln features the most advanced electronic control on the market. It provides 5 (rather than 3) preset easy-to-use firing speeds, plus available custom programming capability, for an almost infinitely flexible range of firing profiles. Most “E” series kilns now have 3-zone capable controls but are initially connected up for one zone. This keeps maintenance to a minimum by using one thermocouple instead of three. Temperature uniformity is superb by design and not brute force. 



Benefits of Program

The electric kiln would support the entire student body, more specifically, 6th - 8th-grade art classes.  As research has proven, "Pottery classes gently stimulate, which is perfect for sensory development. Pottery allows kids to absorb information at their own pace. Building with clay means dealing with pesky gravity and the unique properties of clay, which promotes problem-solving skills". Middle school students need creative outlets, particularly ones that allow for self-expression and connections to their world and environment.  Shaping, molding, and creating with clay provide life lessons in patience, empathy, and acceptance of life's challenges and changes.  The benefits of working with clay are well-documented and numerous.  Working with clay is therapeutic, appeals to all the senses, builds imagination and develops motor coordination skills. An electric kiln is a necessary tool for our Pottery and Ceramics Art program. 

Success of Program

Each student will have the opportunity to create dishware and pottery that can be used for years to come. This program has the potential to provide students with an apprenticeship, a skill that could be used later in life.   Students will also have an opportunity to showcase their work during an open studio night. 


With the purchase of a kiln, our pottery and ceramics activities could begin in the fall of 2023.  With six classes every six weeks split between three grade levels, the kiln would be used often! 

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Absolutely! The kiln would be available to all ACMS art teachers in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th.  This kiln would serve the entire ACMS student population for years and years. 

This kiln would serve the entire ACMS student population for years and years. 
Amount Funded
Individual Budget Items(s)
$3338 - Cress E24HP-240 Electric Kiln