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Ceramics: Mastering the Craft

Posted On December 1, 2011 Comments Off

With the publication of the this second edition, Richard shows us just how comprehensive his knowledge is and how clearly he can structure and explain this sort of material to others. This greatly expanded and updated book features more than 300 beautiful color photos of the most innovative work being done in the ceramics field today. Works by leading artists are showcased in sections on utilitarian pottery, non-utilitarian pottery, sculpture, and work in the wall piece format.


An Introduction to Electric Kilns: What to Look For When Buying an Electric Kiln or Test Kiln

Posted On July 20, 2011 7 Comments

Electric kilns are used by contemporary ceramists more often than kilns of any other type. In today’s post, an excerpt from Electric Kiln Ceramics, Richard Zakin explains the features that one should look for in an electric kiln. And if you’d like to start off small and purchase a test kiln, Richard has some tips for getting the most out of those small, but handy devices.


Mixing and Testing Pottery Glazes: A Great Way to Expand Your Understanding of Glaze Chemistry

Posted On June 8, 2011 10 Comments

Learning how different materials contribute to glazes is very important in expanding your abilities as a ceramic artist. And the best way to learn about glaze chemistry is to test, test, test. By testing lots of recipes and varying the ingredients, you can become familiar how ceramic raw materials behave and interact. In today’s post, Richard Zakin explains his straightforward system for making and testing glazes. With this primer, you’ll be able to start testing away!


Glaze Chemistry 101: A Quick Course on How To Make and Test Your Own Custom Ceramic Glazes

Posted On February 8, 2010 27 Comments

In today’s post, we are presenting a little intro to glaze mixing and testing from Richard Zakin. In it he explains how the glaze making process is easily mastered if you have the right tools, follow an ordered procedure, and take the work seriously.

Setting the newspaper on fire.

Clay and Atmosphere: A Guide to Ceramic Kilns and Firing Methods

Posted On February 1, 2010 15 Comments

In today’s post, Richard Zakin walks us through all the major considerations of kiln performance. If you don’t already have a kiln, read on to find out how to build a sawdust kiln out of readily available materials.

Pat Oyama, “Thrown Porcelain Bowl,” wood fired at cone 14. In its luminous color, rich textures, and translucency we see the result of this very high-temperature wood fire. Photo by Bob Hsiang.

An Introduction to Fuel-Burning Kilns

Posted On February 8, 2009 3 Comments

Fuels are organic and carbon based, they burn readily. Until recently, all kilns were fuel burning; even now when we have ready access to easily fired electric kilns, many ceramists continue to use fuel-burning kilns: this kind of firing has an enduring appeal.Very simply, there are certain kinds of visual effects that can only be obtained from a fuel-burning kiln.