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One of the best ways to make a piece of clay work your own is to literally put your mark on it. In Salt Firing and Soda Firing Tips and Techniques, you will learn to go further, bringing the form and surface of your work together into a signature style using a variety of carving tools in combination with carving techniques like sgraffito, etching, wire-cutting, relief carving and more.

With so many different firing techniques available to choose from, all with their own set of requirements, it can be difficult decide which is best for your work, or intimidating to experiment with a new one. High-temperature atmospheric firing techniques, like soda, salt, wood and reduction, can be the most challenging to learn because of the many variables involved. To help you get started with soda firing, we’ve put together this free gift. Inside, you will find articles and images from Ceramics Monthly that demonstrate the exciting aesthetic possibilities with soda firing and share practical technical information, soda glaze recipes, atmospheric slip recipes, soda glazing techniques and tips for firing a soda kiln. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, investigating a new direction for surface techniques for your own ceramic art, or want some new tips and soda pottery glaze recipes to add to your repertoire, Salt Firing and Soda Firing Tips and Techniques provides an excellent resource.

Included in this free PDF:

Salt Fuming: A Low-Temperature Salt Firing

by Paul Soldner

There is more than one way to salt a fire. the most common way to salt glaze is at high temperatures (around cone 10), but Paul Soldner has been salt fuming at low temperatures for several decades. He walks us through the entire salt fuming process, from loading the kiln, to introducing the salt, to a post-firing treatment of your work.

Slip and Glaze Recipes for Salt Firing

Will Ruggles and Douglass Rankin have been admired for their wood-fired, salt-glazed work for years, and their slip and glaze recipes are trusted by many professionals.

Soda, Clay, and Fire

by Gail Nichols

This excerpt from the book, Soda Clay and Fire, by ceramic artist Gail Nichols provides a primer on soda firing.

The Many Layers of Kiln Wash

by John Britt

Britt’s how-to article on kiln wash covers what it is, how it works, why it sometimes doesn’t work (and what to do about it), why there are so many recipes, and which to use for soda firings.

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Jennifer Poellot Harnetty
Editor, Ceramic Arts Daily