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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (25 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713670126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713670127
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'For anyone who has yearned to build their own kiln this is the book for you... Clear step-by-step instructions together with photographs give the builder confidence.' KPA Newsletter (May 2007)

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Joe Finch is a well-known potter from one of the leading families in British pottery. He is also particularly known for his successful kiln building. He frequently gives lectures and demonstrations on kiln building around the world.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Peter D. Keefe on 26 Feb 2010
Format: Paperback
I should first point out that the review which complains that the kiln is too big, at 1.7 cubic metres, for the hobby potter is wrong. The book gives descriptions of how to build three kilns. The third has a packing space measuring 68cm x 46cm x 83cm which is around 0.3 cubic metres.

Having read the book cover to cover I would be quite happy to embark on building one of the kilns described. The photos and computer generated images make understanding how the brickwork is laid a doddle. However the ironwork remains a challenge despite there being a parts list. In fact the ironwork looks like the trickiest aspect of building these kilns so it would have been a useful addition to have some diagrams suitable for taking to a fabricator specifying exactly what is needed.
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By Tina on 18 Sep 2014
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This book has very clear instructions and makes building a kiln achievable. I have just done my first firing in the wood fired version with hardly any wood and excellent results. Joe very quickly responds to any queries and was a delight to deal with.
I can't recommend this book highly enough for anybody serious about pottery.
The book was easy to follow and the kiln a joy to fire! Thank you Joe.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Waterberg on 29 Sep 2009
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Too big. Too expensive.

That describes the project in this book.

The average "hobby " potter does not require a 1.7 cubic metre kiln ,

probably costing way over 5000 euro's , if not double that.

A guide to build a kiln one fifth the seize of the one in the book
would benefit a lot more people.
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FINALLY!!!! The book I've been searching for 28 Jan 2009
By Linda P. Stauffer - Published on Amazon.com
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I think I've bought every book available on kiln construction. They explain the methods of construction, how to lay bricks, show every imaginable kiln design, but nothing concrete. Finally Joe Finch has written THE book!! Complete plans for 3 specific kilns. A gas fired kiln, a combination gas/wood kiln and a wood fired kiln. Plans are specific and clear. Diagrams, materials list, tips and more. Joe is also quick to reply via email to any questions you might have. As soon as the snow melts I am finally going to build the gas/wood fired kiln!!!
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Excellent guide 13 July 2007
By Bruce H. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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Having never built a kiln before this book is an invaluable source for how to construct a pottery kiln. The only reason I gave it four rather than five stars is that it is a British book and the metric system and refractories used are based on what is common in England and different to what is commonly available in America but the techniques and methods can be used for American products with success. I am very pleased with the content as there is no other book that is so clear in explaining step by step, brick by brick how to construct a kiln.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great book - got me up and running at home 18 Feb 2012
By Pan Gname - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are uncertain about how to go about building your own kiln at home this book will help you out. It was the first of several books that got the ball rolling for me and now I have my own kiln at home.
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Book was written will 5 July 2013
By Richard Long - Published on Amazon.com
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Info was for the type of kiln that I was not building, However the book was written will and had a lot of info for the type of kiln that they were constructing.
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