firing pottery

saggar firing

Saggar Firing – How to Make Simple Aluminum Saggars

Saggar Firing In the past, the term ‘saggar’ referred to a container that pottery was fired in.  These containers were made of heat-resistant, refractory material.  They were designed to protect the pots from the fumes, flames, and debris in the atmosphere of the kiln. Today saggars are often used for the opposite purpose.  These days…

what temperature to fire terra sigillata

What Temperature to Fire Terra Sigillata? | What Works Best?

If you are starting to use terra sigillata, it’s most likely that you have made your own batch.  But perhaps you are wondering what temperature to fire terra sigillata.  After all, if you have made your own, you won’t have any manufacturers firing guidelines!  There is quite a variety of opinions about the temperature to…

what happens to clay when it is fired

What Happens to Clay When it is Fired in a Kiln?

Usually, clay is fired two times.  The first time is the bisque fire and the second time is the glaze fire.  Clay undergoes changes during both of these firing processes.  And this article is all about what happens to clay when it is fired in a bisque and a glaze fire. In essence, when clay…

how long does it take to fire clay in a kiln

How Long Does It Take to Fire Clay in a Kiln? – Clay Firing Facts

When you are starting out in pottery, most likely someone else is firing your pieces.  Or perhaps you have a new kiln and you are wondering about firing schedules.  Either way, you are probably wondering, how long does it take to fire clay in a kiln?  This article is all about how long the firing…

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…

what is glaze firing

What is Glaze Firing? – All About Glaze Firing Pottery

Firing clay is the process of turning it from clay into ceramic material.  Most of the time pottery is fired twice, and the second firing is called glaze firing.  So, what exactly is glaze firing? The first step in firing pottery is the bisque fire when clay turns into ceramic ware.  After the bisque fire,…

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 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…

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. …

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…