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Throwing Ribs

Posted On April 28, 2010 0 Comments

Even though our fingers serve as our primary throwing tools,
there are times when a throwing rib does a better job. Ribs are a potter’s best
friend when it comes to defining profiles, wringing out water or adding decorative
touches. In the beginning, actual animal ribs were used for this purpose—and
hence the name—but now contemporary ribs are commonly made from wood, metal,
and plastic.

Would you like to sculpt a figure?

Posted On January 4, 2010 0 Comments
Then take a video course from one of the best figure sculptors around! Philippe Faraut is a figurative artist specializing in life-size portrait sculptures and monumental stone sculptures. His media of choice are water-based clay and marble. He received his degree in woodcarving and the construction of French fine furniture from Germain Sommeillier in Annecy,… Read More »

Learn how to maximize the potential of your wood fired kiln!

Posted On August 30, 2009 Comments Off
  For many potters, wood is more than just a source of heat for a kiln, it’s a process and even a way of life. Wood firing provides a link for ceramic artists to their surroundings and to pottery’s beginnings thousands of years ago. Wood Firing: Journeys and Techniques relates the experiences of individual potters… Read More »

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Posted On May 8, 2009 Comments Off


Ten Basics of Firing Electric Kilns

Posted On April 17, 2009 35 Comments

Firing is the most critical part of the ceramics process because it is the one thing that makes clay durable, hence ceramic. This article presents some of the principles of firing and getting the best results with electric kilns.


Posted On December 8, 2008 0 Comments
Decorating technique where textured or patterned materials or objects are pressed into the clay surface.

IFB; insulating firebrick; softbrick

Posted On December 8, 2008 0 Comments
Porous firebrick with insulating values much higher than hardbrick. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook

Wood Firing Basics

Posted On September 14, 2008 3 Comments
Wood burns in two distinctly different stages. The first, and most obvious, is the burning of gasses produced when wood is heated. Wood begins to gasify at about 500°F. The second is the burning of the charcoal. This happens, for the most part, after the materials that form the gasses have been driven out of… Read More »
The Soldner mixer (left) is an example of a vertical shaft mixer. This clay mixer uses a concrete tub that carries clay through stationary bars that blend the clay as it moves through. (Photo courtesy Muddy Elbow Mfg.)

All Mixed Up? Check Out Our Guide to Clay Mixers and Pugmills!

Posted On October 19, 2007 0 Comments

Today’s post is an overview and an explanation of the different types of clay mixers and pug mills available on the market today.

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Wood Firing: Journeys and Techniques

Posted On July 6, 2007 Comments Off

For many potters, wood is more than just a source of heat for a kiln, it is a process. Wood firing can provide a link for ceramic artists to their surroundings and to pottery¹s beginnings thousands of years ago. This new handbook shares the experiences of individual potters who have sought to reconnect with a basic technology in our hi-tech society and who want to explore and master all the possible variables that this technique provides for the creative process. This book describes some of the technical, safety, and physical challenges of wood firing through first-hand accounts and interviews with potters. These are their personal stories, and in telling them, they share their lessons learned and much of their technical knowledge.