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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…

raku firing temperature

What is the Recommended Raku Firing Temperature?

Raku firing pottery is often described as a low fire fast method of glazing or finishing your pottery.  But if you are thinking of firing raku, you might be wondering what exactly is the recommended raku firing temperature?  In the context of a raku firing temperature, what does ‘low fire’ mean? Raku pottery is often…

copper matte raku

Copper Matte Raku – How to Make Copper Fuming Raku Pottery

Copper matte raku, also known as copper fuming raku is a low fire technique that can produce iridescent multi-colored pottery.  It involves the application of a simple copper oxide wash to bisque pots.  These are then raku fired and put into a post-firing reduction atmosphere to create a vivid array of rainbow colors. There are…

firing a DIY raku kiln

How to Raku Fire Pottery- Tips on the Raku Firing Process

Since I started using my DIY raku kiln, I have picked up some tips on the raku firing process.  It took me a few tries at firing a raku kiln to use it successfully.  And I imagine that the same is true for other people starting out.  So, I thought I’d write an article and…

attaching burner torch to propane tank for a raku kiln

How to Attach a Burner Torch to a Propane Tank for a Raku Kiln

There is quite a bit of information online about how to make raku pottery.  However, I recently built my first raku kiln.  And in the process of planning my first raku firing, I realized that there were practical things I didn’t know.  For example, I’d never used a propane torch before.  So, I found myself…