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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…

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 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 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 a hold time when firing a kiln

What is a Hold When Firing Pottery? – How to Soak Your Kiln

There are a number of technical terms used by potters when they talk about firing their pottery.  One term you will come across when learning about using a kiln is a ‘hold’ or ‘hold time’.  It took me a while to piece together why potters used a hold time.  So, I thought it might be…

Oxidation and reduction in pottery

Oxidation and Reduction in Pottery – Made Simple!

A lot of the literature about firing and glazes refers to oxidation and reduction firing.  These terms sound scientific and off-putting.  Because they are referring to chemical processes, they are complex.  So, I decided to try and understand them better and write a description understandable to all of us ‘non-chemists’.    Oxidation occurs when there is…

How to find a pottery firing service near me

10 Easy Ways to Find a Pottery Firing Service Near Me

Kilns are expensive and take up space.  If you are new to pottery, you may not want to invest in a kiln yet.  And you may have wondered ‘how do I find a pottery firing service near me?’  It can take a bit of investigation to find a local pottery firing service. However, it’s likely…

hy does pottery explode in the kiln

Why does Pottery Explode in The Kiln? – Avoid Explosions

Many potters have had the disappointing experience at least once of their pottery exploding in the kiln.  The beauty of pottery is that you can get some very unexpectedly wonderful results.  However, a nerve-wracking array of things can go wrong with pottery once you hand it over to the kiln of fate.  So, exactly why…

Does Clay Shrink when Fired

Does Clay Shrink When Fired?

If you are new to pottery and you have just had your first piece or pieces of pottery fired, you may have noticed that they are quite a bit smaller when they come out of the kiln than when they went in.  You may have found yourself wondering why does clay shrink when fired? For…

What are Cones in Pottery

What are Cones in Pottery?

When you hear people referring to the temperature that they are firing their kiln to, you will probably hear them talking about using cones, or perhaps firing ‘to a cone’, of a particular number.  This may have left you wondering, what are cones in Pottery?  In this article, I look at that question… Cones are…