Low-Fire Soda

After years of experimenting with earthenware in a variety of atmospheric kilns, Justin Rothshank has compiled all his know-how into this helpful guide. Low-Fire Soda is a start-to-finish resource that outlines everything from ... (Scroll down for more!)


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Softcover | 144 Pages

Order code B183 | ISBN 978-57498-395-1

… the different types of clay bodies to use, to decorating and glazing techniques, wadding and loading strategies, firing tips, post-firing ideas, and much more. Whether you’re interested in learning about faster, more economical atmospheric firings, or you’re intrigued by the expanded color palette of low-fire clay materials, Low-Fire Soda has the information you need to start exploring low-temperature atmospheric firings.

Lower in temperature, not in excitement!

Low-Fire Soda has a wealth of information for ceramic artists interested in learning more about the potential of soda at low temperatures. One of the great things about low-temperature soda firing is the wider range of color that you can obtain. Justin shares all of his secrets for exploiting the unique characteristics of soda firing while taking advantage of decorating techniques that would be lost at high temperatures!

Highlights of what you’ll learn:

  • How (and why) to make the switch to low-fire clay bodies for atmospheric firings
  • Types of clay bodies you can use, whether it is mixed from a recipe or purchased commercially
  • Pre-fired surface treatments: underglazes, slips, washes, patinas, and terra sigillatas
  • A variety of recipes for clays, slips, glazes, wadding, and kiln wash
  • Wadding strategies and placement ideas to get the most out of your mark making
  • Various sodium application methods and materials
  • Post-firing clean up and decoration techniques
  • and more!

“This lower firing temperature results in less wear-and-tear on the kiln, and a quicker firing and unloading cycle. I really like the color of the red clay and there is no need to reduce the kiln to produce a rich and dark clay body color, because it’s there from the start! Also, the price tag is much lower to fuel the firing because the lower temperatures and lack of reduction results in roughly a quarter of the fuel consumption that a cone 10 reduction firing would cost.” —Ronan Peterson

A variety of perspectives

Four articles contributed by guest authors, along with helpful insights from other practicing artists round out the book. These varying perspectives combined with Justin’s generosity for sharing information make this book essential if you are interested in exploring soda firing at low temperatures!


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