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Techniques and Tips for Electric Kilns: Inspiration, Instructions and Glaze Recipes for Making Pottery in Electric Kilns

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Electric kiln firing is one of the most common firing methods because electric kilns are readily available and simple to install, but that doesn’t mean that electric firing yields common results. Electric kilns can be incredible tools in the pottery studio. In this collection of articles, you will see how creative potters and ceramic artists are using electric kilns to create exquisite ceramic art.


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Ceramic Decorating Tool Techniques: How To Use Clay Pencils, Slip Trailers, Glaze Pens, and Carving Tools to Decorate Ceramics

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We all love tools, especially pottery tools, and we normally think about forming when we talk about tools for ceramics, but the most useful clay tools we have, besides our hands, are tools for decorating our ceramic work. A decorative surface, of course, is the first thing noticed about a piece of pottery, and as with all things made by hand, the right tools make all the difference. Ceramic Decorating Tool Techniques: Decorating Pottery with Wax Resist, Slip Trailers, Clay Stamps, and Carving Tools explains those tools in detail and shows you how to use them for the greatest effect for your own ceramic surfaces. Make your own ceramic colored pencils, or try using a combination of dry and wet decorating techniques to get maximum depth out of your work. For a more traditional approach that has your own personal touch, try making your own brushes!


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Underglaze Users Guide: How to Use Ceramic Underglazes to Add Color and Graphic Interest in Your Pottery Projects

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Underglazes are basically clay-based materials with ceramic stains and metallic oxides added to create a full spectrum of color in your work. They’re the fastest, easiest, and most dependable way for you to add pizzazz to your pottery or sculptures for just an accent or an entire surface treatment. Like many other art materials, underglazes come in a wide variety of forms—liquid, dry, chalks, pens, and pencils—so no matter what your background, a ceramic surface awaits your colorful treatment.


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How to Make Pottery: How to Learn Pottery Techniques and Enjoy Working with Clay

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When you put your hands into clay, there’s a good chance you’ll never want to let go. Just go by any ceramics class or community craft center and look at the people working with clay and you’ll see one happy group of involved people of all ages enjoying the thrill of making handmade pottery and clay sculpture. Unlike a phone app, music download or video game, once you learn a pottery technique, it’s yours for life. How to Make Pottery: How to Learn Pottery Techniques and Enjoy Working with Clay is the resource you need to get off to a good start in the pottery studio. From a simple slab building project, to pottery glazing tips, to expert advice on firing your handmade pottery in a ceramic kiln, this free download has the information you’ll need to build a strong foundation in the ceramic arts.


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Successful Tips and Techniques for Raku Firing: How to Select Raku Clays, Glazes, Kilns and Combustibles

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Raku firing is expressive, exciting and fun. Whether you’re raku firing in your own studio or taking part in a group raku firing at a school, workshop or community center, raku offers many rewards. Raku firing is one of the most exciting processes in ceramics. After you place your pottery into a raku kiln, the anticipation builds as you wait for that final moment when the intense heat begins to melt the raku glazes. When you remove the pieces when the glazes begin to melt, you can feel the heat and hear the pings your red hot work rapidly cooling, then it’s into the raku combustibles for a round of flame and smoke. Many surprises await you as you clean the surface and reveal the wonders of raku pottery.


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15 Tried and True Cone 6 Glaze Recipes: Recipe Cards for our Favorite Mid-Range Pottery Glazes

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Good news cone 6 potters! We’ve gathered some of our favorite cone 6 glaze recipes in a convenient recipe-card format, perfect for printing and taking to the pottery studio. If you are interested in building a collection of beautiful cone 6 pottery glazes, you’ve found the perfect resource. If you’ve been low firing and would like to turn up the heat a bit, here’s a great assortment of cone 6 recipes to start with. Or if you have grown bored with your current cone 6 glazes, try out a few of these.


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