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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. …

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 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…

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,…

use pyrometric cones with an electric kiln controller

6 Reasons to Use Pyrometric Cones with an Electric Kiln Controller

My electric kiln has a digital kiln controller.  When I bought it, I thought, ‘great I don’t need to bother using cones’.  But I bought it from an experienced potter.  And he advised me that it’s always good to use pyrometric cones with an electric kiln controller.  These are some of the reasons he gave…

the history of coil pots

Historical Coil Pots – A History of Coil Pots Over the Years

Making pottery pre-dates the invention of the pottery wheel by many thousands of years.  One of the most extensively used methods for making early pottery was the coiling technique.  Early historical coil pots have been found across the globe.  Many of the techniques currently used to make coil pots date back to pre-historical times.  This…

famous coil pottery artists

Famous Coil Pottery Artists – 18 Different Ways of Coiling

Coil pottery is a diverse technique that has been adapted to suit the styles of a wide range of ceramic artists.  This article takes a look at some famous coil pottery artists and their own individual way of hand-building pottery.  You will see that the methods used and the ceramics produced vary widely between each…

mix different types of glaze

Can you Mix Different Types of Glaze? – Combining Glazes

I sometimes find myself in a position where I don’t have the exact color glaze that I want.  Recently I wondered if I could mix different types of glaze together and what would happen.  So, I looked into the question of combining glazes and this is what I have found…. You can mix different types…

types of kiln

11 Types of Kiln for Pottery – Different Kilns for Firing Clay

Kilns are insulated chambers that use fuel or electricity to reach high temperatures.  When something is heated in a kiln it is described as being ‘fired’.  There are different types of kiln to fire different materials.  For example, there are kilns designed specifically for ceramics, glass, metal, brick, metal clay, and enamels.  This article is…

glazing greenware

Glazing Greenware – Can you Glaze Unfired Clay?

Glazing greenware used to be the norm.  However, more often, these days, pottery is fired twice.  It is bisque fired first to make it ceramic.  Then it’s glaze fired for decorative reasons and to make it usable as dinnerware or as a water-containing vessel.  However, not everyone bisque fires their pottery.  Some potters do glaze…

what is fired clay called

What is Fired Clay Called? – The 3 Main Terms For Fired Clay

The world of clay is full of terms that might sound a bit odd when you first encounter them.  If you are new to ceramics, you might have found yourself wondering ‘what is fired clay called?’  Here is an overview of three main terms that are used to refer to clay that has been fired.   …

can you use an extension cord with a kiln

Can I Use An Extension Cord with a Kiln? – Is it Advisable?

Some kilns need to be wired directly into an electrical supply.  Other kilns can be plugged in using a standard domestic plug.  If you are using the latter, you may be wondering if you can use an extension cord with a kiln.  This article is about the do’s and don’ts of using an extension cord…