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.
Decorating technique where textured or patterned materials or objects are pressed into the clay surface.
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 »
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.
A collection of articles and information published in Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated dealing with raku beyond the range of most books on this topic. Written by and about accomplished raku artists and experts, this book explores a wide range of topics including techniques, materials, equipment, tools and recipes, as well as firsthand accounts of personal experiences and exploration. Both inspirational and instructional, this book is a valuable tool for any serious raku artist.