can you refire underfired glaze

Can you Refire Underfired Glaze? – Rescuing Underfired Pottery

A lot of heart and soul can go into making your pottery.  So, it can be gutting when your glaze doesn’t turn out how you wanted it to.  If your glaze is underfired, you might be wondering if you can do anything to salvage your work.  The question is, can you refire underfired glaze to…

pottery for beginners

Pottery for Beginners – How to Start Making Pottery at Home

Pottery for beginners can be very exciting.  It can also feel a bit overwhelming.  It can seem like there is a lot to learn.  And like most hobby’s, the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know.  But pottery is really just about making things out of mud!  All you really need to…

what is a kiln sitter

What is a Kiln Sitter? – And How do Kiln Sitters Work?

When you are firing pottery in a kiln, you need to control the temperature that the kiln reaches.  You also need to control how long it takes for the kiln to reach that temperature.  So, what is a kiln sitter?  There are three main types of kiln controller.  They are the fully manual controller, the…

can you stack greenware in a bisque fire

Can you Stack Greenware in a Bisque Fire? Stacking Greenware

When I first started firing my own pottery, I was very cautious about how I loaded the kiln.  I’d heard that greenware pottery could touch when it was being fired, but I didn’t quite trust this was true.  After a while, I wanted to know if I could bisque fire more pottery in one load. …

kiln maintenance

Kiln Maintenance – 19 Tips on How to Look After Your Kiln

When I bought my kiln, I was so excited to use it, I didn’t think too much about kiln maintenance.  But kilns are like cars, they have parts that wear out and need replacing.  And the more you use them the more quickly they will need replacing.  Also, like a car, if you look after…

buying a used kiln

Buying a Used Kiln – 12 Top Tips on Second Hand Kilns

Buying your first kiln is exciting, but it can also be confusing.  A lot of times when you look at listings for used kilns, the information in the advert can be patchy.  However, even buying a used kiln can be a big investment.   So, it’s good to have an idea of what to look for. …

how to glaze pottery at home

How to Glaze Pottery at Home – With or Without a Kiln

If you are starting your pottery journey, you may be wondering just how to glaze pottery at home.  Is it possible?  What are your options?  You will be pleased to know that it is completely possible to glaze pottery at home.  This article is all about the different ways to glaze pottery both with and…

how long should glaze dry before firing

How Long Should Glaze Dry Before Firing? Drying Pottery Glaze

When I first started glazing my own pottery, I wondered how long should glaze dry before firing?  I was well aware that greenware can explode in the kiln if it is fired when damp.  But what about glazed bisque ware?  Glaze contains water, so does that water need to be given time to evaporate before…

can you seal raku pottery

How to Seal Raku Pottery – Can Raku be Waterproof or Food safe?

Raku pottery can look lovely.  However, it is porous and fragile. The question of whether raku be waterproof has been debated for a long time.  And there has been much debate around can raku be food safe.  This article looks at these issues and considers if there are effective ways of how to seal raku…

copper matte raku

Copper Matte Raku – How to Make Copper Fuming Raku Pottery

Copper matte raku, also known as copper fuming raku is a low fire technique that can produce iridescent multi-colored pottery.  It involves the application of a simple copper oxide wash to bisque pots.  These are then raku fired and put into a post-firing reduction atmosphere to create a vivid array of rainbow colors. There are…

how to get rid of mold on clay

How to Get Rid of Mold on Clay – 7 Ways to Clean Moldy Clay

Finding that your pottery clay has gone moldy is very common.  Clay needs to be kept moist to stay workable and it contains organic matter.  These are perfect conditions for the growth of mold.  So, what can you do if you open up your bag of clay and it’s growing green and black mold?  Here…

add water to glaze to make it thinner

Can you Add Water to Glaze to Make it Thinner? – Thinning Glaze

With time pottery glaze can dry out.  The water content will evaporate and the glaze can either become too thick to apply.  Or it can even become a bit hard and crusty, like old paint.  The question is, can you add water to glaze to make it thinner?  After all, glaze, particularly commercially made glaze,…