Long a process of industry, salt firing has also been embraced by ceramic artists and potters because of the beautiful and unpredictable results that can come from a salt-fired kiln. In this process, salt (sodium chloride) is introduced into the kiln firebox or burner ports at high temperature. The salt vaporizes and is carried on… Read More »
Salt firing is a vapor-glazing process where salt (sodium chloride) is introduced into kiln firebox at high temperature. The salt vaporizes, and sodium vapor combines with silica in clay surface, forming extremely hard sodium-silicate glaze. Many ceramic artists and potters use the salt firing technique to great creative effect on their work and in this section, they share tips, techniques, firing schedules and more. Plus, if you haven't already, be sure to download your free copy of the The Salt Glaze Surface: A Guide to Salt Glazing and Firing, a terrific reference if you are interested in salt firing.
Slip has many uses in the pottery studio. Most often, slip is used on clay in the green state, but potter Terry Gess does things a little differently. He uses slip to decorate his pottery surfaces when they are in the bisqueware state. He likes the freedom that comes with knowing he can experiment and… Read More »
I’ve mentioned time and time again on this blog how much I love drawn, brushed, scratched, painted, etc. imagery on ceramic surfaces, but how I am still trying to master these various skills in my own work. I admire those artists who do it so well that it looks like a piece of cake. Cathi… Read More »
The vapor glazing techniques of salt and soda firing yield surfaces that are impossible to achieve in most other types of firing. And, the potter remains an active participant in the decorating process throughout the loading and the firing of the kiln. Plus, it is great for those who like to live on the edge… Read More »
Salt firing and salt glazing have been common practice in ceramics for centuries, initially as an industrial glazing method, and then as an artistic treatment and technique in studio ceramics. Not only does salt glazing seal the ware, but it creates a distinctive orange-peel texture that has become a desirable decorative trait of salt glazed… Read More »
In any vapor-firing process, such as wood, salt, or soda, wadding (small balls or rolls of a refractory clay mixture) is a must to keep surfaces from sticking together. Most potters mix up a batch of wadding, roll up little balls of the stuff, and stick ’em to the bottoms of their pots with spit… 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.