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Kiln Plans and Diagrams

Are you interested in building your own kiln? Well, you’ll need a good kiln plan. So, we are compiling kiln plans and diagrams from experienced kiln builders right here in one place. You’ll also find articles related to kiln building and kiln design. Check back often. We’ll add more good kiln plans whenever we come across them. But, if you would rather skip the kiln plans and buy a brand new kiln, be sure to download your free copy of the A Guide to Ceramic Kilns: Choosing the Right Kiln Firing Method and Design For Your Art, a directory of kiln manufacturers and ceramics suppliers, plus reference material for the studio artist - professional or amateur, student or teacher.


How to Fire A Gas Kiln Efficiently: Hal Frenzel Answers this Burning Question

Posted On October 14, 2013 21 Comments

Most anyone can figure out how to mix gas and air to produce heat in a kiln. What takes a little more expertise is firing a kiln with efficiency, regardless of what type of firing is being done. In today’s excerpt from Gas Kiln Designs and Firing, Hal Frenzel explains how understanding fuel combustion will help you make the most of your gas kiln.


An Experienced Wood Firer Shares Kiln Plans for a Small Instructional Wood Kiln

Posted On November 19, 2012 4 Comments

In this post, experienced wood firing potter John Thies tells us about an instructional wood kiln he designed and shares his kiln plans. Plus, one of John’s students shares her experience using the kiln.


The Glassagama: Ceramic and Glass Artists Work Together to Conserve Resources

Posted On January 13, 2010 5 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from the March 2010 issue of Ceramics Monthly, which focuses on sustainability in the studio, Fred Herbst explains the design, construction, and results of the “glassagama,” a hybrid glass/ceramic anagama kiln.


Hugh Jenkins’ Volcano Kiln: Recuperating Waste Heat for Efficient Firing

Posted On December 9, 2009 3 Comments

As a studio artist, it is often hard to spend large sums of money, even if doing so would pay off in the long run, so glass artist Hugh Jenkins set out to determine just how well he could do with a home-built heat recuperator.


Wood Kiln Firing Techniques and Tips: Inspiration and Information for Making a Wood-Fired Kiln and Firing with Wood Available for Download!

Posted On September 14, 2009 17 Comments

Today’s post is an excerpt from our new free download, Wood Kiln Firing Techniques and Tips, in which Nesrin During shows us how to combine wood firing and raku firing. As you’ll see, wood firing isn’t just about high firing. You can build a simple raku kiln and fire your work with wood to get stunning results.


Electric Kiln Firing Techniques and Tips: Inspiration, Instruction and Glaze Recipes for Electric Ceramic Kilns Available for Download!

Posted On August 17, 2009 5 Comments

In today’s post, I am presenting an excerpt from our newest free download, Electric Kiln Firing Techniques and Tips: Inspiration, Instruction and Glaze Recipes for Electric Ceramic Kilns, which explains how Satori Yamaoka combines both oxidation and slight reduction to create amazing oil-spot surfaces in his innovative electric and propane kiln.