Monday, October 28, 2019

Mastering Kilns and Firing: Raku, Pit and Barrel, Wood Firing, and More

Mastering Kilns and Firing: Raku, Pit and Barrel, Wood Firing, and More is a tutorial and pottery workshop reference with a stunning amount of indepth technical information for the potter.  Released 22nd Oct 2019 by Quarto on their Quarry imprint, it's 192 pages and available in hardcover format.

It's a beautifully photographed book with an abundance of clear photos and illustrations of kilns, firing pieces, setups (including interior shots of kilns), and process shots. There are also gallery sections in full color with other artists scattered throughout the book with pieces that are quite literally jaw droppingly gorgeous. Amazing stuff.

The introductory sections (~16% of the content), includes a great overview of studio safety, gear, equipment, and supplies.  The following chapters cover kiln construction and considerations (the best treatment of the subject I've seen), separate very in-depth technical chapters on raku, pit & barrel, and wood firing, and further technique explorations.

It also includes a recipes section along with templates for studio record-keeping and a good cross referenced index. This entire book is full of useful information aimed at the professional working potter. This would make a superlative workshop/instruction book or dream book for those who aspire to be professional potters. There was a great deal of accessible information here for hobbyists or craftspeople also. I learned a lot about the processes involved in kiln construction and use which I have never previously considered, along with process photos of creating clay and slip. I have only previously used the materials provided, but the recipes contained in the book make my fingers itch wanting to experiment.

Five stars. This is a very well done treatise. I believe this will become a classic staple of the professional potter's workshop library.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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