David Sturm

DaveSturmOur equipment repair tech, David, has nearly 20 years of experience, and has multiple certifications in ceramic equipment repair, and has completed both formal and informal onsite training at manufacturers including Alpine Kilns, AMACO/Brent, L&L Kiln Manufacturing, Paragon Kilns, & Skutt Ceramic Products. David is trusted not only by school districts and universities to maintain their equipment, he is also held in the highest esteem by the major manufacturers in our industry.  His training & many years of experience save time and money for the potter’s pocketbook or the teacher’s budget.  Widely known as “Kilndoc”, Dave’s expertise does not end with kilns.  The full list of equipment David has worked on is more extensive and includes:

  • Alpine Gas & Electric Kilns
  • AMACO Kilns and Excel Kilns
  • Bailey Gas & Electric Kilns
  • Barlett Controllers
  • Blue Diamond Kilns
  • Carol Suzanne Industrial Furnaces
  • ConeArt Glass & Ceramic Kilns
  • Cress Kilns
  • Crucible Kilns
  • Crusader Kilns
  • Dawson Kiln Sitters
  • Denver Kilns
  • Duncan Kilns
  • Evenheat Kilns
  • Gare Kilns
  • Geil Gas & Electric Kilns
  • Gilson Asphalt Binder Ignition Furnace
  • Goode Kilns
  • JenKen Kilns
  • Knight Kilns
  • L&L Kilns & Vents
  • Olympic Kilns
  • Orton Vents & Controllers
  • Paragon Ceramic & Glass Kilns
  • Skutt Glass & Ceramic Kilns & vents
  • Tucker’s Kilns
  • Vulcan Kilns
  • AMACO Wheels
  • Brent Wheels
  • Creative Industries Clay Boss and Big Boss
  • Creative Industries JR Wheel, MP Wheel, HP Wheel
  • Estrin Kickwheels
  • Laguna Pacifica Wheels
  • Lockerbie Kickwheels
  • Randall Kickwheels
  • Shimpo Potter’s Wheels
  • Soldner Wheels
  • Speedball Wheels
  • Spinning Tiger Wheels
  • Skutt Wheels
  • Thomas Stuart Electric Wheels & Kickwheels
  • Bailey Extruders
  • Bailey Slabrollers
  • Bluebird Mixers & Pugmills
  • Brent Extruders
  • Brent Slabrollers
  • NorthStar Extruders
  • NorthStar Slabrollers
  • Peter Pugger Pugmills & Pugger-Mixers
  • Soldner Mixers
  • Van Ho Pugmills
  • Walker Pugmills

Additionally, Dave is equally comfortable in front of a classroom and has guest-lectured at the collegiate level, for school districts in-services, Art Education Conferences, and has been a presenter at several workshops, including the nationally attended Potter’s Council Alternative Firing Surfaces symposium in Minneapolis, MN.  Click here for more information about Bracker’s In-service offerings.  To request a service call, click here.

Dave can also be reached via

• phone (toll free: 888.822.1982 or  785.841.4750)

• email (tech (at) brackers dot com)

• instant message (AOL screenname kilndockansas)

• iMessage (kilndoc@me.com)

• Smoke Signals (Like a moth, Dave is drawn to fire)

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