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.
Browse this section to learn all about using and even building ceramic kilns. From gas kilns to wood-fired kilns, you'll learn the firing schedules and techniques for all manner of ceramic kilns. Expert potters and ceramic artists share tips on how to use your kiln as an integral part of the creative process. Plus, don't forget to download your free copy of our Guide to Ceramic Kilns: Choosing the Right Kiln Firing Method and Design For Your Art. This Ceramic Arts Daily Guide can help you choose the type of kiln atmosphere you want (oxidation or reduction), the type of fuel you want to use (oil, gas, electric, or wood) and maybe even the special surfaces you want (salt, soda, raku, or pit).
A few years back, I purchased my first brand spanking new electric kiln. I have had a nearly permanent grin on my face since then.While my kiln is beautiful and shiny now, I know the day will eventually come when I will have to replace the kiln elements. I’ve always fired in other people’s kilns… Read More »
By it’s very nature, our art form is not the greenest of artistic endeavors, but happily, many ceramic artists and organizations are taking it upon themselves to try to lessen their impact on the environment. One such organization was actually built on sustainability: the Energy Xchange in North Carolina. In today’s post, an excerpt… Read More »
Kilns can be built out of many things and castable refractory is one of the materials we rarely consider. Perhaps it should be considered more since it is reasonably priced, easy to mix, and easy to use. As John Britt explains in today’s post, if you are comfortable with casting plaster and making molds,… Read More »
John Neely, “Teapot,” reduction cooled. Neely maintained reduction conditions in his kiln during the cooling period. In this way he was able to produce the black body color we see in this piece. A glaze would be redundant here.We all have so many different approaches to our own ceramic art that it can feel like… Read More »
We get lots of emails here at Ceramic Arts Daily from potters and ceramic artists who have interest in building their own kilns. In fact, after Monday’s post on the high-school anagama, we received a couple of requests for more, more, more, articles on kiln building. So, I thought I would continue the kiln-building theme… Read More »
An anagama kiln at a high school? That seems highly unlikely, doesn’t it? Many high school art teachers feel lucky to have a wheel and a small electric kiln. But Council Bluffs, Iowa, high school art teacher Clay Cunningham was determined. And with careful planning and execution, he, his students and some local potters made… Read More »
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.
On Monday, Bruce Bowers explained his process for converting an old electric kiln into a gas and wood-fire kiln. Today, as promised, Bruce goes into detail about the firing schedule he uses with this kiln. Plus he explains how he gets excellent results by adding soda and salt into the mix. – Jennifer Harnetty,… Read More »
After moving from a rural to an urban area, potter Bruce Bowers realized that, in order to continue to feed his passion for wood firing, he would have to get creative. And get creative, he did. With the cooperation of the studio where he was teaching at the time, Bruce converted an old electric… Read More »