So... I decided to look into getting my own kiln. I reviewed models and manufacturers and ultimately decided on the Skutt KM-818. I configured a Craigslist email notification and in less than 24 hours, I was driving to Elk Grove, CA to buy my kiln (which normally retails for $1100) for $175.
I contacted an electrician to install a subpanel in the desired location with a NEMA 6-250 receptacle. Next my husband built a surface for this and last on the list is building a suitable enclosure to protect the kiln for when it is not in use. Soon... I will be able to not only realize the 3D mosaic mural I'm looking to install on the back of my house, but also I'll be able to realize another project I've been designing for several years: a totem pole project that marries symbols from both my husband's and my own heritage: a blend of both of us.