Theme: Firing
Your kiln is your most important piece of equipment because without firing, your work would have little value. In this issue we show you how you can use your kiln in ways you may not have thought of. Russel Fouts demonstrates saggar firing in an electric kiln without harming the kiln elements; and Henry Halem shows you how to fuse and slump glass using an electric kiln with an elctronic controller-something many of us have. You’ll also find information on raku, a method for hanging your work and throwing square pots.

 

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A Touch of Glass
by Anderson Turner
If your kiln has an electronic controller, you may be surprised that you can fuse and slump glass. And because you’re a potter, you can create bisque molds of most any size and shape you desire. Noted glass artist Henry Halem demonstrates how easy it is to get started with some of the basics.

Fish Tales
by Lisa Merida-Paytes
There are many ways to prepare fish-fried, grilled, smoked, sautéed-however, you can make a clay fish using a plaster mold and “barbeque” it in a raku firing. As the daughter of a taxidermist, Lisa Merida-Paytes was raised in a provocative environment and her mounted skeletal raku sculptures capture the sensory experience of that childhood.

 

Oh, Yes You Can
by Russel Fouts
Firing your work in a saggar gives you special effects you can’t get with any other process, and Russel Fouts is a master at the technique. But did you know you can do smoke firing in an electric kiln? It’s not difficult and the results are fantastic. Just follow Russel’s very descriptive step-by-step how-to process and you’ll be smokin’!
To read a PDF version of Fouts’ companion article Piece de Resistance, click here.


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Hang It Up
by Annie Chrietzberg
Do you have beautiful plates and platters stuck in a cupboard? Christine Boyd showcases her work by storing it on the wall where it can be seen when not being used for serving food. She shows you how to create a couple of simple tools for making slots in the back of your pots for an easy-to-use mounting system.

In the Mix: Color Testing
by Robin Hopper
Testing colors in glazes can sometimes be a hassle because the quantities you use are so small. Just think, adding 1 to 10% of a colorant to a 100 gram batch can be tedious. Robin Hopper demonstrates an easy way to do line tests of colorants and getting your results in the ballpark.

Tools of the Trade: Taking Control
by David Gamble
Electronic controllers are awesome! Just hit a few buttons, select a program, and presto-you’re hot! If you don’t have a controller, you can always buy one to add on to your kiln, and David Gamble provides a little upfront advice on what to expect.

Supply Room: Glass Act
by Maria Moran
You can use your kiln for fusing and slumping glass and create your own clay bisque molds to form your pieces. But glass is like clay in that there are a lot of choices. Maria Moran provides some good advice from veteran glass artist Brad Walker on some of the information you’ll need to get started.

Tips from the Pros: Square Dancing
by Dick Lehman
After seeing John Glick demonstrate throwing a ribbed piece on the wheel years ago, Dick Lehman remembered part of the demo but got part of it backward! (Probably a good case for photographing every step.) In his alteration of the process, he’s created a wonderful square pot on the wheel that seems to be dancing.

Instructors File: High School Anagama
by Clay Cunningham
Faced with a lot of folks who said it couldn’t be done, Clay Cunningham brought students, local potters, faculty and administration together to pull off the amazing project of building and firing an anagama kiln at the school! Sometimes you just cannot stop a determined high school teacher.

Off the Shelf: Smoke Firing
Review by Sumi von Dassow
Sumi reviews Jane Perryman’s latest book on smoke firing. This new book was originally intended to be an updated edition of her earlier book done in 1995, but Perryman discovered so many artists creating innovative smoke-fired work that she ended up producing an entirely different book profiling 29 artists. [Watch for Sumi's own book on Low-firing and Burnishing coming out in Fall 2009. Details to follow.]


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