Bisque

washing bisqueware

Washing Bisqueware – Is it a Waste of Time?

I’m in the habit of giving my bisque pottery a wipe down with a damp sponge before glazing.  But I recently read that some potters never wipe or wash down their bisque ware.  I wanted to know if I was wasting my time, so I looked into the pros and cons of washing bisqueware, and…

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…

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.   …

sanding pottery

Sanding Pottery – How and When to Sand your Pots

If you are reading this article, you probably want to know how to smooth the surface of your pottery.  So, you may be surprised to hear that sanding pottery is actually a source of disagreement amongst some potters.  The reason for this is that when you sand pottery, you inevitably create clay dust, which contains…

can you wash glaze off bisque pottery

Can You Wash Glaze off Bisque Pottery? Washing Glaze off Unfired Pots

There is lots of scope for things to go wrong when you apply glaze to pottery.  You can mess up your glaze design, apply the glaze too thick, or even apply the wrong glaze.  If your glazing has gone wrong, you’re probably wondering if you can wash glaze off bisque pottery and start again.  Fortunately,…

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…

Do you have to bisque fire pottery

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…

What is Bisque in Pottery

What is Bisque in Pottery?

During the process of producing a piece of pottery, the clay goes through different stages, and in one of those stages, the clay is called bisqueware.  So, what is bisque in pottery? And why is it important? Bisque pottery has been fired once but has not been glazed.  Usually, pottery is fired twice.  The first…