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Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques: Raku - Saggar - Pit - Barrel (Lark Ceramics Books) [Paperback]

James C. Watkins , Paul Andrew Wandless
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1 Mar 2007 Lark Ceramics Books
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 and varied firing techniques. The plans range from an easy, affordable and versatile Raku Kiln to a unique wood-fuelled Downdraft Stovepipe Barrel kiln. 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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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books,U.S.; New edition edition (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579909523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579909529
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book offers a multitude of tips, photos and help with saggar, raku, barrel and pit firings. It also has recipes for glazes, terra sigillata and includes advice on burnishing that is more detailed and sophisticated than other books I have encountered.

I found this book so full of well-written advice and easy to follow steps that it has inspired me to try some of them out. Few books have this effect on people so I would recommend it without reservation.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars clay and fire 1 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
This book offers the enthusiastic amateur ways of direct involvement in the firing processes using living flame, be it from gas, wood or sawdust. For the experienced ceramist it suggests ways out of established working methods with the chance of finding new and unexpected surfaces and colours by playing with fire. Commonsense precautions are given throughout,
with intriguing examples of work by many ceramists. You will need some sort of yard or garden, this is outdoor stuff!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another treat from Lark Books 5 April 2010
Format:Paperback
In my opinion, you can't really fail with a LARK book. They appear to pick their authors carefully. Wonderful illustrations providing inspiration and concise explanations of procedures. I just can't wait for the better weather (in UK) and getting cracking. Probably more cracking than anything else but this book will hopefully guide me onto a better path. Love the book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for first time users!! 2 Jan 2007
By mazza
Format:Paperback
when i read the instructions and learnt all of the different techniques for my course, i was amazed at the simplicity shown to me in this book. i feel that it is a good all round book, and the advice on some of the techniques is brilliant! i want more!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 17 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is very informative and easy to use. There are a lot of helpful pictures and diagrams. If any ceramist is thinking of trying out outdoor firing techniques then this is a good book to get you excited about it and get you started.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good practical book full of lots of ideas 3 Mar 2012
By j
Format:Paperback
this is well executed , there are clear understandable colour photographic illustrations taking you through the processes, even to a seasoned ceramic artist or potter there will be new techniques and good advise on old ones .. this is a plain speaking well executed book ... it is clear that the contributors love what they do
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 1 July 2013
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Provided all the information I was looking for in an easy to use format with lots of images to show exemplars of techniques..
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4.0 out of 5 stars practical guide 14 Mar 2014
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practical approach with photos supporting the various techniques. Useful for the person who wishes to experiment with raku and smoke firing
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well designed book
arrived quickly. It's clearly set out and informative
Published 2 days ago by fatbelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Orders
Received what I ordered. Thanks. This was a very informative book and I still refer to it. I wish I was younger and was able to make a pit or barrel. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ms B. Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ideal Gift
I have a couple of friends who enjoy pottery/sculpting and so forth but have limited space and money when it comes to kilns. This book is the answer to their problems. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anthony C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
This gives pretty clear instructions on making your own kiln. I would have liked a bit more info on how you assess when things are 'done' as obviously there is no timer or... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lesley Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another useful book that shows how to make various types of kiln.
Very impressed with this book. I have been sharing it with friends who are also interested in building alternative kilns.
Published 12 months ago by Lynda Gledhill
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
it is all right! i still did not read it already but i se it is in whole perfectly conditions.
Published 13 months ago by Christiane M. Thome
5.0 out of 5 stars a must if you want to build your own alternative kiln.
It's given me great info about other kilns and how to build them. I t give great advice and pictures showing them being built and used.
Published 13 months ago by Resgerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques: Raku - Saggar - Pit -...
This was a present for someone. He said that it was quite a useful book which fulfilled his needs. Some interesting techniques and ideas.
Published 13 months ago by J-D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
This is an intriguing book with superb photographs. Most of the projects use already fired ware (bisque), to create wonderful surface effects in a second firing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Liz
4.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques
Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques - What a nice book, providing the unenlightened an insight into alternative kilns and firing techniques - excellent
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Hazel S Paul
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