Breaking Boundaries: Can You Keep an Electric Kiln Outside?

Breaking Boundaries: Can You Keep an Electric Kiln Outside?

Exposure to the elements can damage the electrical components, insulation and shell of an electric kiln. Extreme temperatures can cause the kiln to malfunction or even pose a safety hazard. Manufactures of electric kilns advise it is best to keep the kiln indoors or in a protected area. What are the considerations for keeping an … Read more

The Beauty and Strength of Bone China

Bone china is a type of porcelain that is made from a mixture of clay, feldspar, & bone ash. It is known for its thin & delicate appearance, as well as its translucency. Bone ash, which is made from the bones of cows, gives bone china its unique properties. It was first developed in England … Read more

Uncovering the Secrets of Valuable Pottery: What to Look For

The value of pottery is based on several factors such as age, rarity, condition, historical & cultural significance, & the reputation of the artist or maker. Marks & signatures can also increase value. To determine the value of pottery, research & appraisals from reputable sources are recommended. A combination of factors must be considered to … Read more

Exploring the Depths of Earth to Find Clay

Clay can be found in various parts of the world, including riverbeds, hillsides, and sedimentary rock formations. It is formed by the weathering of rocks over a long period of time. Types of clay are formed depending on the composition of the parent rock and the prevailing environmental conditions. Clay is also sometimes found in … Read more

The Beauty of Terracotta: An Exploration of Its History and Uses

Terracotta is a type of clay-based ceramic material that has been used for centuries to create various objects, including pottery, sculptures, and architectural features. It is often left unglazed and is fired at a relatively low temperature, resulting in a distinctive reddish-brown color. Unearthing the Wonders of Terracotta Terracotta is a type of fired clay … Read more

How to Join Clay Slabs Tutorial for Stunning Results

In this tutorial on clay slab building, Lisa Naples shows how to make a level cut and create a solid wall by compressing two slabs together. She emphasizes the importance of compression in clay building and gives tips on how to pick up and transfer slabs without warping them. Lisa Naples also demonstrates how to … Read more

The Timeless Artistry of Robert Turner

Robert Turner Pottery is a ceramics studio founded in the early 1970s in California by Robert Turner, who was inspired by traditional Asian pottery techniques. Turner’s signature style features simple & elegant forms with subtle glaze variations, often using earth tones. His pottery is highly regarded by collectors and is known for its quality craftsmanship. … Read more

How to Make Clay Rollers: Step-by-Step Guide

Learn How to Make Clay Rollers: Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Texture Rollers. Discover the perfect diameter and height for your texture roller to make unique, non-repetitive pottery designs. Get insights on using a slab to make a cylinder and figuring out the perfect length. Find out how to clean up the seams, apply stamps … Read more