Wood firing clay is an exciting endeavor and if you ever have a chance to participate in a wood firing, I say do it! Wood firing clay results in beautiful surface treatments that range from melted rivulets of ash to delicate red-orange blushes, however not everyone has the time or energy (or kiln!) to devote… Read More »
Wood Kiln Firing
For many potters, wood is more than just a source of heat for a kiln, it is a process. And if you are one of those potters, you probably can’t get enough of the wood kiln firing process. So in this section, we’ll try to help satisfy your insatiable appetite for wood kiln firing by providing technical articles to get you inspired for your next wood firing. You’ll find glaze recipes, wood kiln firing schedules, information on using and building wood kilns and more. Plus, if you haven't already, be sure to download your free copy of the Wood Kiln Firing Techniques & Tips: Plans and Instructions for Making a Wood-fired Kiln and Firing with Wood , a directory of ceramics suppliers, plus reference material for the studio artist - professional or amateur, student or teacher.
To Simon Levin, there is a science to every part of wood firing, including what goes into wadding and how it’s used in the loading and firing process. So he put together an overview of wadding based on his own experience and the experiences of other wood firing potters.In today’s post, an excerpt from our… Read More »
Picture this: a mobile anagama; literally a wood-burning kiln specifically designed to fit into a custom trailer, allowing it to travel across the country teaching the wood-fired experience to new communities. Sounds pretty crazy, right? But when Henry James Haver Crissman got fed up with the red tape involved in building a stationary wood… Read More »
There are a lot of fun tools out there for potters to use to create patterns on their work. Latex resist is an excellent one because, unlike wax, it can be peeled off, so it is great for layering. In today’s post, an excerpt from our free download Wood Kiln Firing Techniques & Tips: Plans… Read More »
You don’t have to own a wood kiln to wood fire your work, but it can be tricky to find a kiln firing group you’re comfortable with and that meets your needs. The key to success? Ask a lot of questions. In today’s post, an excerpt from the September 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly,… Read More »
Chartreuse, pink, and purple are not colors you would typically associate with a wood firing, as these colors tend to get washed out in a high-fired wood kiln. For Richard James, the process of wood firing was central to his work, but he was often disappointed by the surfaces. So he adapted the process… Read More »
With the economic challenges we all face today, simply having a good business plan and making quality work that people want to buy is sometimes not enough to get a business off the ground. So, when potter Joseph Sand ran through his initial business loan before getting his kiln built, he came up with… Read More »
When most people hear the words “tumble” and “pottery” in the same sentence, they might envision a pile of broken shards. But tumble does not always have a negative connotation in the pottery world. Tumblestacking – stacking pots on top of one another in a kiln, separated only by wadding – is a popular way… Read More »
Today’s post highlights the pottery of Matt Jones, the cover artist from the November 2010 issue of Ceramics Monthly. Using local materials and decorative traditions, Matt’s work pays homage to the time when pottery played an important role in survival. Even the tools he uses exemplify this reverence for “our collective pottery past” as… Read More »
In my last firing, I made a pot that satisfied me like none before. It was one of those miracles where a good form and an even better firing combine with a dollop of serendipity. On a whim, I yanked the piece out of the kiln on the last day of a six-day wood firing. As I watched it cool from red heat into glacial blues, whites, and blacks, I was overcome with both a feeling of accomplishment and a vision of a new and exciting direction for my work.