Unlocking the Mystery of Peepholes on Kilns

A Peep into the Purpose of Kiln Peepholes

Peepholes are small openings in a kiln that allow the potter to see inside the kiln during firing without opening the door. Opening the door can cause temperature fluctuations that can damage the ceramic pieces inside. Using peepholes, the potter can monitor the firing process & make adjustments as needed without disrupting the kiln’s temperature. … Read more

The Right Time to Open a Kiln

when can you open a kiln

A kiln can be opened once it has completed its firing cycle and has cooled down to a safe temperature. The length of time required for a kiln to cool depends on various factors. Such as the size and type of kiln, the firing temperature, and the type of material being fired. It is recommended … Read more

The Art of Kiln Candling

Unlocking the Secrets of Kiln Candling

Candling a kiln refers to a slow and controlled heating process used to dry out greenware, which is unfired pottery. During this stage, the temperature in the kiln is slowly raised to less than the boiling point of water for several hours to allow moisture to escape without damaging the greenware. Unlocking the Secrets of … Read more

Unlocking the Secrets of A Kiln Sitter: An Essential Primer

Unlocking the Secrets of Kiln Sitting: An Essential Primer

A kiln sitter is a device used in pottery and ceramics to control the firing process in a kiln. It operates by monitoring the temperature inside the kiln and cutting off the heat when the proper temperature has been reached. This helps ensure consistent & accurate firing results, & prevents over-firing or under-firing, which can … Read more

Unlocking the Mysteries of Kiln Technology: How Do Kilns Work?

how do kilns work

Kilns are oven-like structures that use heat to bake or dry a variety of materials such as ceramics, bricks, and wood. They work by heating a chamber to a high temperature and controlling the amount of air flow inside. This process allows for controlled and efficient heating, making it possible to produce consistent results. Kilns … Read more

Kiln Elements: How Long Can You Expect Them to Last?

How Long Do Kiln Elements Last

Kiln elements last anywhere from 1 to 5 years, depending on the usage and frequency of firing. Regular use, high firing temperatures, and extended firing periods can reduce the lifespan of kiln elements. To prolong the life of kiln elements, it is important to fire at the proper temperature and duration and to avoid overloading … Read more

The Fascinating Mechanics of a Pottery Wheel

Mechanics of a Pottery Wheel

A pottery wheel is a tool used in ceramics to create symmetrical shapes by rotating a lump of clay on a spinning axis. The wheel rotates while the potter shapes the clay by applying pressure and manipulating it with their hands and tools. The centrifugal force generated by the spinning wheel helps to shape the … Read more

The Art of Clay: Exploring the Benefits of Slab Rollers

The Art of Clay: Exploring the Benefits of Slab Rollers

A slab roller is a machine used in pottery & ceramics to create even and uniform clay slabs for various pottery projects. A slab roller flattens and rolls out the clay into a desired thickness, which saves potters time and energy compared to manually rolling out the clay. Slab rollers come in various sizes and … Read more