When I joined Richland as a full-time employee the ceramics studio was firing glazes to atemperature of Cone 10 reduction, or 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. Many contemporary ceramicsdepartments have changed their firing methods to Cone 6 reduction (2170 degrees Fahrenheit). Thissmall reduction in the firing temperature reduces fuel consumption by 30%. In addition, most Cone 6glazes can be fired in an electric or gas kiln which makes them more accessible to students whowould like to set up their own ceramic studio.During 2010 I did extensive glaze calculationresearch to develop a color palette whichmatures at Cone 6 and produces a beautifulrange of glaze options. To kick off this researchthe Clay Club invited John Brit, aninternationally renown glaze chemist, to do afive-day workshop at Richland College. BeforeI became a full-time employee, our students hadnever been taught glaze chemistry or allowedaround the kilns or glaze chemicals. Johnhelped fill some of these deficiencies with hishands-on workshop and also helped to educatestudents about the benefits of Cone 6 firing.In the summer of 2010 we transitioned completely to Cone 6 glazes. The feedback from the studentshas been positive and we are proud to reduce our carbon footprint with better fuel efficiency. Thistransition prompted me to be nominated for Innovator of the Year at the 2011 Fall Convocation.