When I was a kid, we used to go to the military base and do ceramics (dad was a retired marine).
As an adult, I took ceramics classes at a community college for years, really enjoyed them. Moved to a new state, and the community college charges as much as the university for classes (hundreds of dollars a unit).
Now I finally qualify for the senior center, even cheaper than the old CC.
So there are possible alternatives to buying your own kiln. Ask about classes/firing at ceramic supply shops. Check the class listings in alternative newspapers, and at adult ed centers. Check Craigslist activities. Post on Craigslist asking for kiln time. Google your town and ceramics to see what's happening. If you have access to military base or something similar, see if they offer ceramics. Suck up to a potter near you and maybe they'll fire your stuff.
I think "geezer" starts about 30 years older than however old I currently am. "Older adult" starts about 20 years past my age. "Senior", +10 years. "Mature" adult, +5 years. Clearly, I'll never be any of those things, though I like getting senior discounts!
was the silicone intended for making a mold of your face, or for making appliances (theater makeup term for big noses, warts, that sort of thing) to attach to the skin?
Did it come with directions? I'm thinking a thin layer of silicone with a layer of fabric over it might work. The lumpiness on the outside wouldn't be a problem if the inside was true to the surface of your face.
I've only ever made plaster face molds, then built on them.