I can get lost in the sumptuous surfaces of Gail Nichols’ soda fired work. The way she skillfully “paints” her … Read More
Salt Firing and Soda Firing
In this section, ceramic artists will share the results of their experimentation with the salt and soda firing process. You’ll find everything from firing schedules to glaze recipes, to beautiful examples of salt and soda fired work.
And if you haven’t already, be sure to download your free copy of the Soda Firing Techniques, Tips and Soda Glaze Recipes, which includes soda firing information for the studio artist – professional or amateur, student or teacher.
Salt firing is a vapor-glazing process where salt (sodium chloride) is introduced into kiln firebox at high temperature. The salt vaporizes, and sodium vapor combines with silica in clay surface, forming extremely hard sodium-silicate glaze.
Soda firing has been touted as modern-day nontoxic replacement for salt firing, but has proven to be much more than that. Potters have discovered that soda firing has endless exciting aesthetic possibilities rather than just being a more environmentally friendly! In the soda firing process, soda ash (sodium carbonate) in water solution, instead of salt, is sprayed into kiln at maturing temperature, and sodium vapor combines with silica in clay to form sodium-silicate glaze.
In these archives, salt and soda firing artists share practical technical information, salt and soda glaze recipes, atmospheric slip recipes, and salt and soda glazing and firing techniques.
Most potters don’t give much thought to kiln wash and just use the recipe they used when they first learned … Read More
Slip has many uses in the pottery studio. Most often, slip is used on clay in the green state, but … Read More
Long a process of industry, salt firing has also been embraced by ceramic artists and potters because of the beautiful … Read More
Atmospheric firing is really exciting because you can continue to influence the surfaces of your pots all the way through … Read More
Salt firing and salt glazing have been common practice in ceramics for centuries, initially as an industrial glazing method, and … Read More
In any vapor-firing process, such as wood, salt, or soda, wadding (small balls or rolls of a refractory clay mixture) … Read More