Firing the Kiln
How to Load a Kiln
Loading a kiln takes forethought and some knowledge in order to avoid destructive and expensive accidents.
How to Bisque Fire Pottery
Most pottery goes through a bisque firing before it is glazed and then fired again to melt the glaze and fuse it to the clay body. Bisque firing pottery is important. It allows the potter to do much more decorative work with stains, underglazes and glazes with greatly reduced risk of the pot being damaged.
How to Use a Kiln Sitter
Kiln sitters are used in electric ceramic kilns as a fail-safe means of ending a firing once it has reached the target temperature, or slightly above. Once tripped, the kiln sitter automatically shuts off electrical current to the kiln elements.
Raku Firing Step by Step
Raku firing is exciting and lends itself to bold adventure. Explore how to fire pottery in the Western raku tradition, step by step.
What to Do with Overfired Bisqued Pottery
What can you do when you have inadvertently overfired your pottery in a bisque kiln? Can the ware be glazed? Can it be salvaged, if glazing isn't a viable option?