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.
Ceramists choosing to work in home studios are praising the safety, convenience and economical benefits of the electric kiln. Now in its third edition, Electric Kiln Ceramics helps the ceramist create work exclusively intended for firing in the electric kiln. This valuable guide is an exhaustive review of clays, glazes and techniques designed to benefit the seasoned professional, as well as the less technically educated beginner. Renowned ceramist and respected author, Richard Zakin provides information on kiln construction, routine aintenance, loading and firing, the influence of firing temperatures and the application of oxidation surfaces. State-of-the-art health and safety concerns are also addressed, including the kiln atmosphere and the strengths and weaknesses of the oxidation atmosphere. Recipes for commercial and homemade clays and glazes guarantee successful results.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.