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The Kiln Book [Paperback]

Frederick L. Olsen
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Book Description

22 Sep 2011
The Kiln Book is a well-established classic in the field of kiln building. This 4th edition is a fully revised and updated version, bursting with colour images of kilns in all their various stages of construction. The most comprehensive book on kiln building available, all the essential information is provided on important basics such as all types of bricks, ceramic fiber, angle iron and other building materials, chimneys, kiln design and draft and fuel choice. It covers all kiln types including gas, wood, oil, electric and various combinations, as well as being packed with plans, drawings and advice. It gives you the details and the finer points which are crucial for those building more ambitious kilns. There are many other kiln books but none so comprehensive.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 4th Revised edition edition (22 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408111411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408111413
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 840,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anyone wanting to increase their knowledge of fire and understanding of the firing process, as well as for anyone wanting to experience constructing their own kiln, it's really quite simple: buy this book. --London Potters News

An absolute corker. --Shards: South Wales Potters Newsletter

About the Author

Fred Olsen has been a ceramic artist for over 40 years, and is very well established in the field, both in the UK and USA. He often demonstrates kiln building at Aberystwyth Ceramic Festival, as well as building kilns at many other conferences and workshops around the world and is generally regarded as the authority on kilns. He sells his own designed kiln kits to potters around the world. His first kiln book was published in 1973 and it has been continually revised and expanded since then.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The kiln book of kiln books! 17 Dec 2013
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I ordered this as I am building a kiln in France, it contains everything you need to know and is in bite size pieces.
I recommend this to anybody wanting to know about kilns and how to build them
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the neophyte 13 Dec 2012
By George Boatright - Published on Amazon.com
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This work seemed highly regarded; therefore, I chose it as a guide in my quest to build a Cone 10+ kiln. I found it to be more of a historical review of the author's kiln building experiences than a useful guide. I fully understand the applicability of mathematical references included; yet, could stand a little simplification for those of us who are somewhat challenged or simply not all that interested. That said, those who are more advance would find this a useful tool.

I found Kiln Construction by Joe Finch to be a more practical guide for the neophyte wanna be kiln builder.
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written book by an expert 14 May 2013
By F. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
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In my case this turned out to be a lot more than I ever wante to know about kilns. But I'd you want a book tha covers it all, this,is it.
5.0 out of 5 stars classic text 18 Jan 2013
By melanie the bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book, very necessary for all potters. Lots of detail, this new edition is very informative.
Would highly recommend it.
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