Electric Studio: Making & Firing

The relatively inexpensive electric kiln is probably the single most important reason that ceramics has become so popular today. With many improvements over the years, electric kilns are now safer, more efficient, and easier to use than ever before. Every major manufacturer has better controls, more insulation, and ...(Scroll for more.)

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Softcover | 144 Pages
Order code B148 | ISBN 978-1-57498-346-3


…creative design features that make it possible for almost anyone to load and fire their work successfully with little effort.In Electric Studio: Making & Firing, you’ll discover how to select the kiln that’s right for you, understand how to maximize its potential, learn how to maintain it and make simple repairs, and explore various firing techniques to achieve spectacular results once reserved only for large fuel-burning kilns.

Beyond the Owner’s Manual

The purpose of this handbook is to go beyond your owner’s manual and provide you with information that increases your understanding of firing in general. This book will help you operate and maintain your kiln more effectively, explore some clays and glazes that work well in electric firing, and reveal techniques to achieve special effects once considered unattainable with electric. With contributions from more than 20 experts on electric kilns, this book will help you get more out of your firings than you ever thought possible.

Explore the Possibilities

While there are many books on throwing, handbuilding, decorating and glazing, few have been written about the kiln. This handbook captures a wealth of information that helps you maximize the potential of your electric kiln and use it as an integral part of your creative process.

Creative techniques you’ll learn:

  • Russel Fouts uses his electric kiln for saggar firing in aluminum foil, a technique once reserved for pit firing or gas kilns
  • Steven Hill, explains how he duplicated the effects of his cone 9 gas kiln reduction effects in a cone 6 oxidation firing
  • Deanna Ranlett and Dr. Carol Marians explain how they alter the look of glazes by adjusting their cooling cycles
  • Anderson Turner explains how renowned glass artist Henry Halem uses his computer-controlled electric kiln to slump glass into bisque forms
  • Plus lots more!

Clay and Glazes

In addition, this Ceramic Arts Handbook provides you with information on clay and glaze materials developed for electric firing, as well as glazing and firing techniques that are sure to expand your creativity. You’ll learn how to develop crystals at low temperatures or what materials to stock to have a great glaze pantry for the electric kiln.

Go On…Plug It In and Create!

With advances in controllers, efficiency, materials and safety, an electric kiln is a great choice for anyone working with clay. As you explore the many practical tips and techniques in this handbook, you will better understand how your kiln can be as essential to your creative process as the clay you use.

 

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