Firing & Kilns

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The Kiln Book

The Kiln Book is the definitive guide to pottery kiln construction. Since this breakthrough book was first published more than thirty years ago, it has shown generations of ceramicists how to build safe, economical, and fully functional kilns that meet their specific creative needs. The revised fourth edition continues to cover all aspects of kiln construction through step-by-step instructions and detailed diagrams, with new information on alternative fuels and the latest designs.

The Kiln Book

Third Edition
Frederick Olsen
Hardcover, 282 pages


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Electric Kiln Book

This fourth edition of Electric Kiln Ceramics, Richard Zakin’s seminal work on understanding and using the electric kiln to its fullest potential, has been completely rewritten, reorganized, and expanded by Frederick Bartolovic. Hand picked by Zakin to carry the title forward, Bartolovic has added new sections with step-by-step instruction on forming and finishing pieces for electric firing, schedules for firing both manual and computerized kilns, and has lavishly illustrated the book with completely new images that highlight many of the most exciting results that are possible with electric firing. Electric Kiln Ceramics has become the path countless professionals and enthusiasts have followed to gain understanding and proficiency working with electric kilns in the ceramics studio.

Electric Kiln
A Guide to Clay, Glazes, and Electric Kilns

4th Edition
Richard Zakin
Frederick Bartolovic
Softcover, 256 pages


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Electric Studio Making and Firing

The relatively inexpensive electric kiln is probably the single most important reason that ceramics has become so popular today. With many improvements over the years, electric kilns are now safer, more efficient, and easier to use than ever before. Every major manufacturer has better controls, more insulation, and creative design features that make it possible for almost anyone to load and fire their work successfully with little effort.
In Electric Studio: Making & Firing, you'll discover how to select the kiln that’s right for you, understand how to maximize its potential, learn how to maintain it and make simple repairs, and explore various firing techniques to achieve spectacular results once reserved only for large fuel-burning kilns.

Electric Studio:
Making & Firing

Bill Jones
Softcover, 144 pages


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Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques 

Ceramic artists often find the unexpected marks made when clay, heat, and smoke interact to be among the most intriguing and challenging of finishes to perfect and reproduce. Achieve stunning textures and colors from different clay-firing techniques: raku, saggar, pit, and barrel. Five skilled ceramists who have mastered some great low-temperature, fast-firing processes share their secrets and techniques. If you're a beginner, you'll learn the basics; if you have experience, there's a great deal of information here that will enhance your knowledge and satisfy your search for new and exciting techniques

Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques

James C Watkins & Paul Andrew Wandless
Paperback, 128 pages


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Alternative Kiln

The art of kiln building has survived for centuries without many changes to its basic principles. This book offers radically new ideas and different approaches to the age-old skill. The Alternative Kiln takes a fresh look at the process of kiln building, suggesting unconventional materials and new styles of kilns, many of which are art forms in their own right. These nontraditional kilns reflect the creative and inventive spirit of pottery. Designed for the experienced kiln-builder, the book provides a few basic instructions as well.

Heavily illustrated, this volume is an instructional as well as inspirational book, which should appeal to all levels of kiln builders.

Alternative Kilns

Ian Gregory
Paperback, 112 pages


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 Raku, Pit & Barrel Firing Techniques

Move beyond a basic understanding of how to apply and fire glazes so that you can make the best choices for your ceramic work.  Not only will you develop the skills necessary to make glazes an integral part of your artistic process, you'll also come to recognize their vast potential and be encouraged to experiment with new surface effects.  Learn how to do everything from mixing to firing glazes.

Raku, Pit & Barrel Firing Techniques

Paperback, 144 pages


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Wood Firing For many potters, wood is more than just a source of heat for a kiln, it’s a process and even a way of life. Wood firing provides a link for ceramic artists to their surroundings and to pottery’s beginnings thousands of years ago. Wood Firing: Journeys and Techniquesrelates the experiences of individual potters who have sought to reconnect with a basic technology in our hi-tech society, and who strive to explore and master all the possible variables this technique provides. Here you’ll find wood-firing ceramic artists discussing the kilns they’ve built, the lessons they’ve learned and revealing the ups and downs of the lifestyle.  Wood Firing
Paperback, 132 pages
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 Smoke Firing Jane Perryman explores creative possibilities of this time-tested yet liberating method in Smoke Firing: Contemporary Artists and Approaches. After a brief introduction to the cultural history of smoke firing, Perryman and leading ceramics practitioners share the latest ideas and innovations in the use of bonfires, containers, earth pits, saggars, and kilns. As artists from 17 countries discuss their work, they reveal the meaning and inspiration behind their creations. Smoke Firing contains dozens of full-color photographs of ceramics and ceramicists in action. Smoke Firing
Jane Perryman
Paperback, 256 pages
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Our Price $42.88


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