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Pottery Before the Firing

Creating a finished piece of pottery is a long process, and much of it is done before the clay ever gets fired in a kiln....


Creating a Kiln Draft

Wood and gas kilns depend on air movement to create a greater amount of heat within the kiln. This is done by leaving gaps for...


Wood Fired Kilns

Pottery artists who have long studied their craft often prefer kilns that are heated using wood. They use the wood firing process to add a...


Electric Kilns

Many new pottery artists choose electric kilns for several reasons. Control is one of the most important. An electric kiln offers a fine measure of...


There are three main types of kilns used to fire modern pottery. They are classed according to how the heat is produced. Electric kilns use electricity to heat elements that then heat the interior of the kiln. Gas kilns use gaseous fuels such as natural gas or propane. Wood firing kilns use various types of wood to achieve the heat necessary. Many artists have their own preference for the type of kiln they use for their firings. Many prefer wood for its effect on their final product. Other artists choose gas for the same reason. Most beginning artists choose electric kilns because they are safe, easy to use and regulate.