How To Choose Clay For Pottery (and clays to avoid)

How To Pick The Right Clay For Pottery (and clay to avoid)

A variety of pottery clays can create certain types of clay bodies or a specific artifact. Earthenware clay, Stoneware clay, and Porcelain clay are the three types of clays. Each has different work-ability, firing, and cone temperatures.

Is Pottery An Art? (the truth)

Is Pottery a Form of Art?

Think of pottery as a decorative mass-produced functional object. All of the arts that apply design and ornamentation to common and essentially useful objects to make them aesthetically beautiful are referred to as applied arts.

What Is Clay Called After It Is Fired? (what firing really does)

What Is Clay Called After It Is Fired?

After Firing, What Is Clay Called? China Clay or clay is called ceramic, bisqueware, earthenware, stoneware and glazeware after firing. All terms used to describe fired clay particles. Clay is fired twice. Bisque firing is the initial firing. Ball clay is transformed from bone dry clay to bisqueware. After bisque firing, clay objects are changed … Read more

What Is A Cone Pack? (read this before you buy)

What Is A Cone Pack

What Exactly Is A Cone Pyrometric Pack? Cone packs contain three to four clay cones. Each cone is numbered according to the Orton temperature rating. Pyrometric cones (or witness cones) should be placed in the kiln so they will not touch anything and are visible through the peephole. The cone pack can have an area … Read more

Cone Temperatures

Cone Temperatures

What Are Pyrometric Cones? For more than a century, pyrometric cones or pyrometric devices have been used to monitor ceramic firings. They can tell you when the firing is finished and if the kiln delivered adequate heat. Pyrometric cones can even tell you if there was a temperature differential in the kiln, or if an … Read more

Electric Kiln Firing

Electric Kiln Firing

Methods of Clay Firing Using An Electric Kiln The three most common methods of firing clay in an electric kiln are 1. Manually thru a peephole or spy hole, 2. Use of a kiln sitter, and 3. Use of an electronic controller. Electric kilns not only provide excellent results but also provide control and dependability. … Read more

Ceramic Firing Techniques

Ceramic Firing Techniques

Methods of Ceramic Firing Firing is the method for making ceramics that can endure a lot of pressure. Firing takes place in an oxygen-rich environment. When it comes to firing pottery, there are two primary methods. The use of kilns and open firing are the two methods. The crucial step in the ceramic process is … Read more