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Raku Firing: Advanced Techniques

Posted On December 10, 2013 Comments Off on Raku Firing: Advanced Techniques

This updated and revised Ceramic Arts Handbook edition of Advanced Raku Techniques contains information on forming, glazes and glazing, kiln construction and firing, as well as inspirational stories from some of the most influential raku artists working today. For any potter who has experienced the excitement and immediacy of the raku process, this book is a must.

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Studio Ceramics: Advanced Techniques

Posted On December 10, 2013 Comments Off on Studio Ceramics: Advanced Techniques

This is a book about variety and about possibilities. It’s a compilation of techniques from a wide range of experienced clay artists who have figured out something unique in ceramics, perfected it, and documented it so others could take it to the next level. In this book you’ll find techniques for double-walled vessels, miniatures, templates, carving, sculpting, mixed media, throwing, handbuilding, surface decoration, photo transfers, and much more.


Creative Kiln Loading: Maximizing Decorative Effects in Atmospheric Firings

Posted On July 3, 2013 1 Comment

Atmospheric firing is really exciting because you can continue to influence the surfaces of your pots all the way through the firing process. Plus there’s always an element of surprise when the kiln is unloaded.

In today’s post, an excerpt from Soda Firing (which is now available as a download!), Gail Nichols gives pointers on how to get great effects on your soda fired pots by creative kiln loading. Some of these techniques could be helpful in wood and salt firing as well. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


Clay: A Studio Handbook

Posted On December 11, 2012 Comments Off on Clay: A Studio Handbook

Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in ceramics, author Vince Pitelka has created the most practical, all-inclusive studio handbook for students, studio artists, educators and all those interested in the art of clay. The ten chapters in Clay: A Studio Handbook address the full range of ceramic processes, and bring a lifetime of ceramic knowledge directly into the hands of potters. Concerned about safe and efficient studio operation, Pitelka pays diligent attention to safety practices.


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.


Electric Firing: Creative Techniques

Posted On December 1, 2010 Comments Off on Electric Firing: Creative Techniques


In Electric Firing: Creative Techniques you’ll discover the contributions of studio artists who use electric kilns. They eagerly share the results of their experiments, their research and their artistic successes. Build on what they’ve learned through the up-to-date information on processes, glazes, tools, materials and techniques they provide.

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Posted On August 29, 2010 Comments Off on Raku

potter John Mathieson provides a clear and concise overview of the raku
process, covering all the essentials—clay types, post firing reduction
methods, and equipment. You’ll also enjoy the tips and techniques
shared by 30 experts on topics spanning the entire raku process from
conception to final reduction.

Pottery Making Illustrated July/August 2010

Posted On June 17, 2010 Comments Off on Pottery Making Illustrated July/August 2010

Theme: Firing
If you think about it, Pottery Making Illustrated is like a
two-month ‘workshop’ delivered to your door. In the July/August issue
we’ve assembled a group of potters and experts exploring some
firing-related topics you’ll find exciting.

Buy this back issue – $3.99 (PDF only)



Technofile: Glaze Fit

Posted On May 5, 2010 2 Comments

Though many are unaware of it, poor glaze fit can reduce the strength of a fired ceramic piece to as little as one-fifth the strength of a similar piece with ideal glaze fit. While good glaze fit seldom occurs by accident, it can be planned for and controlled. Some ceramic artists use glaze fit to induce crazing as a decorative technique (crackling) while others artists may want to avoid a “crackle” glaze.


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.