John Thies has been building, firing and maintaining large wood kilns for more than thirty years. For more than ten … Read More
Browse this section to learn all about using and even building ceramic kilns. From gas kilns to wood-fired kilns, you’ll learn the firing schedules and techniques for all manner of ceramic kilns. Expert potters and ceramic artists share tips on how to use your pottery kiln as an integral part of the creative process.
There are many different types of ceramic kilns and they all create different outcomes in the finished work. Reading through these articles can help you choose the type of kiln atmosphere you want (oxidation or reduction), the type of fuel you want to use (oil, gas, electric, or wood) and maybe even the special surfaces you want (salt, soda, raku, or pit).
And, don’t forget to download your free copy of our Guide to Ceramic Kilns: Choosing the Right Kiln Firing Method and Design For Your Art to help you get started.
If you are new to ceramics, you may be wondering about the terms reduction and oxidation. Wonder no more! Richard Zakin clarifies the difference between reduction firing and oxidation firing and explains the effects on the ware to help you choose between the two.
If you choose to fire in oxidation, you’ll need an electric kiln and if you get an electric kiln, eventually, you’ll need to know how to replace kiln elements. We’ve got it covered! If reduction firing seems more your jam and you’re interested in building a kiln for your pottery, we’ve got that covered as well. Concerned about your environmental footprint? How about a waste oil kiln? Today’s ceramic artists are fortunate to have so many different options for firing work.
Without ceramic kilns there would be no ceramics. If you’re confused by all the options, dive into the articles here and learn more to help you find the ceramic kiln that is perfect for you!
Though gas kilns are not as ubiquitous as electric kilns these days, there are still many potters and ceramic artists … Read More
Kilns can be built out of many things and castable refractory is one of the materials we rarely consider. Perhaps … Read More
Wood firing is done by a relatively small number of potters because wood kilns are labor intensive and sometimes not … Read More
We all have so many different approaches to our own ceramic art that it can feel like we’re coming from … Read More
As I have mentioned in this blog before, it’s not easy being green when you are a ceramic artist, but … Read More