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Electric kiln firing is one of the most common firing methods because electric pottery kilns are readily available and simple to install. But that doesn't mean that they yield common results. Electric pottery kilns can be incredible tools in the studio. The authors presented here are creative potters and ceramic artists using electric pottery kilns to create exquisite ceramic art.
Not only can electric kilns produce great results, but they also offer control and dependability. And electric kilns keep becoming more versatile, economical, and easy to use with advances in controllers, energy efficiency, materials, and safety. Improve your electric firing results and take advantage of the incredible potential offered by electric kiln firing.
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Kiln Operation: Heatwork
by Dave Finkelnberg
Heatwork describes the measurement of changes that have been effected on clay and glaze. It is a function of a combination of effects including temperature, duration of firing, kiln atmosphere, volume and mass within the kiln, and volatiles in the kiln. Understanding how heatwork helps measure the progress of a firing, and also understanding the limitations of the concept of heatwork, is important to achieving successful kiln firings.
by Richard Zakin
Ceramists have good reason to be concerned about safety. Both the materials and the equipment we use to create can be dangerous. We have a responsibility to ourselves and others around us in the studio to create a safe working environment. Additionally, we should be concerned that the ware we produce is safe for others to use. In this article, an excerpt from Electric Kiln Ceramics, 4th Edition, Richard Zakin discusses studio safety “best practices.”
How to Replace Electric Kiln Elements
by David Gamble
While a new kiln is beautiful and shiny now, there will eventually come a day when you will have to replace the kiln elements. David Gamble provides excellent insights into replacing kiln elements for that inevitable day when your kiln elements go kaput.
How to Clean Kiln Shelves, Mix Kiln Wash, and Apply Kiln Wash
by Vince Pitelka
Kiln shelf maintenance is a much hated but very necessary part of having a kiln. Neglected kiln shelves can result in flakes of kiln wash landing smack dab in the middle of a beautiful glaze surface. In this article, an excerpt from Clay: A Studio Handbook, 2nd edition, Vince Pitelka gives some tips on scraping kiln shelves, mixing kiln wash, and shares a couple of kiln wash recipes. Follow his advice and kiln wash flakes fused to a glaze will be a thing of the past!
Tips and Tools: Electric Kilns
by Jacqui Atkin
Electric kilns are the most common and accessible type of kiln for potters, especially when getting established. They can generally be accommodated in a home studio or in a workshop and efficiently fire to a range of temperatures.
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