Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques: Raku, Saggar, Pit, Barrel

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Ceramicists searching for new ways to fire their creations now have a wealth of options. Authors James Watkins and Paul Wandless, along with a group of distinguished artisans, demonstrate in detail how to build low-cost, low-tech, yet high-quality kilns. The plans range from an easy, affordable, and versatile Raku Kiln to a unique wood-fueled Downdraft Stovepipe Barrel one. These clever devices make it possible to produce rich surface effects from alternative reduction firing techniques. In addition to showing ...

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Overview

Ceramicists searching for new ways to fire their creations now have a wealth of options. Authors James Watkins and Paul Wandless, along with a group of distinguished artisans, demonstrate in detail how to build low-cost, low-tech, yet high-quality kilns. The plans range from an easy, affordable, and versatile Raku Kiln to a unique wood-fueled Downdraft Stovepipe Barrel one. These clever devices make it possible to produce rich surface effects from alternative reduction firing techniques. In addition to showing the basic procedures for using each kiln, easy-to-follow directions for many fast-fire methods unfold in color photographs: You’ll see how to achieve terra sigillata surfaces with direct chemical application, and how to do traditional crackle-glaze raku and smoke finishes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579909529
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: A Lark Ceramics Book Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 169,432
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2007

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    For those looking for alternative firing techniques this book is a good place to start. One of the nice things about this book is that it includes a list of things that you will need should you decide to build anyone of the listed kilns. Another nice thing about this book is that, besides the raku kiln, all the other kilns can be made with 'household' hand tools and materials. I use 'household' loosely, for instance the drum firing requires half of a 55 gallon drum, but it's not like you have to buy one from NASA or anything. For the raku kiln you need a propane burner and some knowledge about how to work with propane and its various hardware. Other than that the rest of the kilns are pretty much 'easy as pie' to put together and fire. It also has some great photos of what can be done with each technique as well as recipes for some of the glazes and other affects that the various potters we able to achieve using these 'alternative' kilns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    A great resource for those who want to explore alternative firin

    A great resource for those who want to explore alternative firing methods. If you cant attend a workshop, buy the book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

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    Alternative Kiln Firing

    I had just started clay and pottery making when I purchased this book and it has been a world of help! It has taught me many things about the firing processes of kilns and also inspired me to try some alternative kilns this summer. I can't wait to use this book more, it's very useful! I would recommend it to any potter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Great Book!

    Hi Everyone,
    I bought this book for my son who is a very skilled, but young potter. He looses interest easily, gets bored, but makes amazing pieces. I am trying to fuel his interest with a few of these types of books from B&N. This one is one I knew would do just that as it pictures and explains several techniques for the firing of clay pieces. He really likes the Raku process but has only done it once. He was very excited to receive this book as a Christmas gift this past year as his creative juices are flowing once again. Hopefully, soon, I will have some Raku pieces to display around the house. Hope this book sparks the fire in you too! Mars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    Very interesting and useful information. Nicely illustrated, well written.

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