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