how much does a kiln cost

How Much Does a Kiln Cost? – Buyers Guide

If you want to start firing your own work, one of your first questions will be how much does a kiln cost?  Buying a kiln is a bit like buying a car as there is a big price range depending on the size and power of the kiln.  Kilns range in price from small tabletop…

clean your kiln

Easy Tips on How to Clean Your Kiln After Pottery Explodes

If you are reading this post, most likely some of your pottery has exploded during firing.  My condolences…it’s sad when it happens, isn’t it?  But it’s not the end of the world, it is possible to clean your kiln after pottery explodes.  Here are some tips that I have picked up about cleaning a kiln…

pottery kiln for beginners

Pottery Kiln for Beginners –12 Tips on Buying an Electric Kiln

Buying a pottery kiln can feel a little overwhelming.  There are lots of models and types of kilns and it can be hard to know where to start.  So, what is the best pottery kiln for beginners?  This article aims to look at your options and help you decide which kiln will suit you best….

how long do kiln elements last

How Long do Kiln Elements Last? – How Many Firings?

One of the inevitable costs of owning a kiln is changing the elements now and then.  But how long do kiln elements last?  And how much will it cost each time you need to change them?  These are good questions if you’re trying to work out how much it’s going to cost to maintain your…

kiln wash on the kiln floor

Kiln Wash on Kiln Floor? – Does it Protect Your Kiln?

When I first looked into kiln maintenance, I heard it was advisable to put kiln wash on the kiln floor.  Whilst I could understand the point of this, painting anything on my kiln made me feel nervous.  Kilns are an expensive piece of kit and I didn’t want to ruin the kiln brick.  So, I…

sawdust kiln

Sawdust Kiln Firing – How to Build a Brick Kiln for Sawdust Firing

A sawdust kiln is one of the easiest ways to fire clay at home.  The kiln can be made using a simple brick construction.  It can be used to bisque fire pottery, or to create lovely smoked effects on already bisque fired ware.  Here is an easy to follow step by step guide on how…

DIY propane kiln

DIY Propane Kiln Ideas – 4 Simple Ways to Make a Propane Kiln

Making a DIY propane kiln is a great way to start firing your own pottery.   A lot of the time DIY propane kilns are used to glaze fire pottery using the raku technique.  But some can also be used to bisque fire pottery.  There are lots of different ways to make a DIY propane…

kiln maintenance

Kiln Maintenance – 19 Tips on How to Look After Your Kiln

When I bought my kiln, I was so excited to use it, I didn’t think too much about kiln maintenance.  But kilns are like cars, they have parts that wear out and need replacing.  And the more you use them the more quickly they will need replacing.  Also, like a car, if you look after…

buying a used kiln

Buying a Used Kiln – 12 Top Tips on Second Hand Kilns

Buying your first kiln is exciting, but it can also be confusing.  A lot of times when you look at listings for used kilns, the information in the advert can be patchy.  However, even buying a used kiln can be a big investment.   So, it’s good to have an idea of what to look for. …

types of kiln

11 Types of Kiln for Pottery – Different Kilns for Firing Clay

Kilns are insulated chambers that use fuel or electricity to reach high temperatures.  When something is heated in a kiln it is described as being ‘fired’.  There are different types of kiln to fire different materials.  For example, there are kilns designed specifically for ceramics, glass, metal, brick, metal clay, and enamels.  This article is…

can you use an extension cord with a kiln

Can I Use An Extension Cord with a Kiln? – Is it Advisable?

Some kilns need to be wired directly into an electrical supply.  Other kilns can be plugged in using a standard domestic plug.  If you are using the latter, you may be wondering if you can use an extension cord with a kiln.  This article is about the do’s and don’ts of using an extension cord…

kiln cookies are used for dripping glazes

What Are Kiln Cookies? Protect Your Shelves with Kiln Patties

You may have heard of kiln cookies and wondered what they are and what they do.  This post is all about the humble kiln cookie.  Also known as patties, the kiln cookie is firing essential and handy kiln saver.  Once you start using them, you won’t look back! Kiln cookies are thin flat slabs or…