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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…

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…

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…

how do kilns work

How Do Kilns Work? – All about How Pottery Kilns Fire Clay

There are different types of kiln, and each of them works a bit differently.  However, regardless of design, kilns are simply chambers that are heated up to bake clay at high temperatures.  In this article, I will look at the question, how do kilns work?  I will consider some of the differences between types of…

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…

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…

build a kiln for pottery

7 Ways to Build a Kiln for Pottery – Easy DIY Kiln Ideas

There are numerous ways to build a kiln for pottery in your backyard.  It needn’t be expensive or complicated.  In essence, you are making a chamber that can get up to high temperatures and stay there. Disclaimer:  This article is for informational purposes and is not intended as advice about building a kiln.  Kilns can…

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…

when do you close the peep holes on a kiln

When do you Close the Peepholes on a Kiln? Essential Facts

Kilns come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  If you have a new kiln, you might be wondering how to use the peepholes.  Or perhaps you are having trouble with your glazes and you suspect you can remedy this with the peepholes.  Either way, you may have been wondering, when do you close the…

kiln on a wooden floor

Can You Use a Kiln on a Wooden Floor – Is it a Good Idea?

Lots of properties, sheds, studios, and homes, have wooden floorboards.  If you’re installing your new kiln, you may be wondering, if you can use a kiln on a wooden floor.  I was in a similar position.  I wanted to know if it was safe to put my kiln in a wooden shed.  And this is…

Can you keep a kiln outside

Can you Keep a Kiln Outside? – 4 Key Factors to Consider

When I was starting to build my pottery workshop, I encountered the thorny issue of where to keep my kiln.  I don’t have a lot of space and I wanted to build a workshop in the backyard.  One of the questions I had was, can you keep a kiln outside?  Here is what I learned…   …