bisque firing

what is the first firing of clay called

What is the First Firing of Clay Called? – Bisque, Biscuit or Bisc?

One of the first things that you will learn about firing clay is that it happens in two stages.  These two stages have different purposes.  This article is all about the first stage.  So, let’s look first at what the first firing of clay is called… The first firing of clay is called the bisque…

how to fire clay at home

How to Fire Clay at Home – 7 Simple Ways to Fire Pottery

If you’ve started making pottery, you may be wondering how to fire clay at home.  The good news is that you don’t need a fancy art studio to fire your own pottery.  There are some simple, inexpensive ways to fire clay at home.  This article covers 7 ways of firing pottery and some of the…

stages of firing clay

3 Stages of Firing Clay – A Beginners Guide to Firing Pottery

Firing pottery can seem like a mysterious process to the new potter.  There are lots of technical terms that can sound quite foreign.  So, I thought it would be helpful to write an overview of the stages of firing clay.  Here is a guide to the 3 stages of firing clay. There are 3 main…

how long does a bisque firing take

How Long Does a Bisque Firing Take? – 6 Factors at Play

When I first started firing my own pots, one of my questions was how long does a bisque firing take?  This can be a pressing question if you are up against a deadline or excited to see your fired ware.  Over time, this is what I have learned about bisque firing pottery…  A bisque firing…

firing greenware to bisque

Firing Greenware to Bisque – 11 Tips on Bisque Firing Pottery

When I first got my kiln, I had no idea how to use it.  The first hurdle was to learn about firing greenware to bisque.  It was a bit of a learning curve for me and some of it I learned through trial and error.  So, I thought it would be helpful to put together…

can you bisque fire twice

Can You Bisque Fire Twice? – Will Your Pots Survive?

Recently, I wanted to create a layering effect with underglaze, using masking tape.  I was worried that the masking tape would pull off the unfired underglaze.  And, I found myself wondering ‘can you bisque fire twice?’.  So, I did a bit of research and this is what I found out. You can bisque fire twice…

firing pots with lids

Firing Pots with Lids – How to Dry and Fire Lidded Pots

I recently made my first pot with a lid on it.  I was at pains to make sure the lid was a perfect fit.  But I know that clay shrinks when it dries and can warp when it’s fired.  And I didn’t want my perfect lidded pot to be ruined.  So, before I let it…

can you put wet clay in the kiln

Can You Put Wet Clay in The Kiln? – Avoid it Exploding!

It can be daunting learning how to fire pottery.  There are lots of factors to think about.  And you may have found yourself wondering if you can put wet clay in the kiln.  Or perhaps you are in a hurry, and you want to fire your pottery in time for a deadline.  Potters do sometimes…

What is Candling a Kiln and How is it Done? – Key Facts

One of the first things you learn about firing pottery is that it needs to be dry before it’s fired.  You may have heard the quaint term ‘candling’ and wondered what it means.  In this article, I look at what candling a kiln means and why is it so important.     Candling a kiln involves heating…

bisque fired to cone 6 by accident

Bisque Fired to Cone 6 by Accident? – Over Fired Bisque

If you have bisque fired to cone 6 by accident, you’re not the first, and you won’t be the last.  It’s an easy mistake to make.  But if you have a kiln load of overfired pottery, you may be wondering what you can do.  Here are some suggestions about what you can do to salvage…

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…