Steven Hill points out in today’s post (an excerpt from the March 2012 issue of Ceramics Monthly) that firing to cone 6 in an electric kiln does not mean you can’t get beautiful atmospheric-like results. Read on to discover how Steven makes it happen (and for some glaze recipes!).
One of the more fascinating, sometimes frustrating parts of ceramics is learning to balance the innumerable factors that affect the outcome of a firing. Glaze ingredients, the clay body used, firing cycles, atmospheres, kiln-stacking techniques and geography (to name a few variables) can all affect firing results.
Electric Kiln Firing Techniques and Tips: Inspiration, Instruction and Glaze Recipes for Electric Ceramic Kilns Available for Download!
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.
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.