Firing

  • What is the Right Temperature to Bisque Fire Pottery?

    What is the Right Temperature to Bisque Fire Pottery?

    Before owning a kiln, I took my greenware along to a local pottery shop and would get it fired there.  I told them what clay I had used, they fired it and I collected it when it was done.  But firing ceramics yourself in your own kiln raises all sorts of questions.  The first question…

  • How to Clean Raku Pottery – Let Your Raku Shine

    How to Clean Raku Pottery – Let Your Raku Shine

    There are two occasions when you might want to clean raku pottery.  If you have made or bought a piece of raku you might want to know how to keep it dust-free.  Or, you may want to know how to clean off the carbon residue left from the firing process.  This article is mainly about…

  • What is Raku Pottery? A Beginners Guide on How To Make Raku

    What is Raku Pottery? A Beginners Guide on How To Make Raku

    One of the things I love about pottery and ceramics is that they are very elemental.  With its dramatic mix of earth, fire, air, and water raku firing is one of the grittier approaches to pottery.  So, what is raku pottery, and how is it made? Raku is a low fire process, reaching around 1830F…

  • Do You Have to Bisque Fire Pottery? Some Single Firing Tips

    Do You Have to Bisque Fire Pottery? Some Single Firing Tips

    The pottery-making process can feel like an endless number of steps towards your finished piece.  This can lead an enthusiastic beginner to ask, do you have to bisque fire pottery?  Is bisque firing essential, or can you miss out this step in the firing process?  The two-step firing process, with a bisque fire followed by…

  • Does Underglaze Stick to the Kiln Shelf?

    Does Underglaze Stick to the Kiln Shelf?

    If you have made your first piece of pottery you may be wondering enthusiastically about how to finish it.  You may have heard that glazes melt and if you aren’t careful they can weld your pottery to the kiln.  Perhaps this has left you wondering does underglaze stick to the kiln shelf in the same…

  • Oxidation and Reduction in Pottery – Made Simple!

    Oxidation and Reduction in Pottery – Made Simple!

    A lot of the articles and books about firing and glazes talk about oxidation and reduction firing.  These terms sound scientific and off-putting.  Because they are referring to chemical processes, they are complicated.  So, I decided to write an account of them that is understandable to all of us ‘non-chemists’.    Oxidation occurs when there is…

  • 7 Pottery Firing Methods Commonly Used – With Images

    7 Pottery Firing Methods Commonly Used – With Images

    The beauty of firing clay is that each method is different from the next.  Firing methods range from high-tech digitally controlled and monitored kilns to homemade brick kilns packed with sawdust and leaves.  This article will give an easy-to-understand account of 7 of the most common methods of firing clay.  The methods covered are electric,…

  • 10 Easy Ways to Find a Pottery Firing Service Near Me

    10 Easy Ways to Find a Pottery Firing Service Near Me

    When you start out making pottery, chances are you won’t have your kiln.  But you probably still want to get your pottery fired.  Here are some tips on how to find a pottery firing service near you. How to Find A Pottery Firing Service Nearby The chances are that there is someone on your doorstep…

  • Why does Pottery Explode in The Kiln? – Avoid Explosions

    Why does Pottery Explode in The Kiln? – Avoid Explosions

    Lots of things can go wrong when you fire pottery.  Glaze can run, plates can warp, and clay can crack.  One of the most dramatic and disappointing things that can happen is that pottery can explode in the kiln.  It helps to understand what makes clay explode in the kiln to prevent it from happening.…

  • What are Cones in Pottery? & How Do They Work?

    What are Cones in Pottery? & How Do They Work?

    If you are learning about firing pottery, you may have heard the term ‘pottery cone’ or ‘ceramic cone’.  But what are cones in pottery and how do they work? Cones are small pieces of ceramic material shaped like tall pyramids.  They are placed in a kiln when it fires.  Cones bend over as the kiln…