Clay undergoes a remarkable transformation when fired in a kiln, changing in molecular structure as the kiln heats up and … Read More
Firing is the most important part of the ceramic process. It’s when clay turns from clay to ceramic after all. There are a multitude of ceramic firing techniques out there, and this section of Ceramic Arts Network explores just about all of them. With sections on Electric Kiln Firing, Gas Kiln Firing, Raku Firing, Salt/Soda Firing, and Wood Kiln Firing, we can help you find the right ceramic firing technique for your work!
Electric kilns are probably the most widely used kilns these days because they are relatively inexpensive to purchase and to use. Learn all about electric kiln firing techniques here. Amazing things can be created with electric kilns and these posts are a testament to that fact!
As for fuel burning kilns, gas kilns are the most popular of those. With gas firing, you can control the atmosphere your work is exposed to, which directly affects the final results of your glazes and clay bodies. In the Gas Kiln Firing section, you’ll learn about ceramic firing techniques in gas kilns from ceramic artists and potters who have been using them for years.
Raku firing is an irresistible ceramic firing technique because it involves removing red hot pots from the kiln and placing them in containers of combustible materials. Not only does it involve smoke and flames, but it also creates beautiful results. Learn all about it in the Raku Firing section of Ceramic Arts Network!
And don’t forget atmospheric firing! Wood, salt, or soda firing are quite possibly the most exciting ceramic firing techniques. In these sections of Ceramic Arts Network, you’ll discover practical technical information, wood, salt, and soda glaze recipes, atmospheric slip recipes, and wood, salt, and soda glazing and firing techniques. For innovative and inspiring ways to approach wood, salt, and soda firing, and the information you need to succeed, we’ve got you covered!
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Long a process of industry, salt firing has also been embraced by ceramic artists and potters because of the beautiful … Read More
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There is something magical about the unpredictable surface effects that result from atmospheric firing techniques. Unfortunately, these types of kilns … Read More
Firing clay is necessary to create durable wares and the more you know about the ceramic firing process, the more … Read More