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Construction of a Gas Fired Soda Kiln Part 3

Welcome to The Potter’s Round Table slideshow of the construction of a gas-fired soda Kiln at Washington Street Studios. The slideshow will walk through the design, features, and construction step-by-step with photos and explanations. In part one of the three-part series we cover the kiln design, kiln base and building the walls. In part two we cover raising the chimney, completing the end walls, planning the arch, constructing the arch form and completing the chimney. In part three we complete the kiln as we add the metal framework, build the arch, completing the side walls, adding burners and propane supply, door construction and final kiln dimensions.

Season

2

Episode

8

Date

Dec 29, 2020

Construction of a Gas Fired Soda Kiln Part 2

Welcome to The Potter’s Round Table slideshow of the construction of a gas-fired soda Kiln at Washington Street Studios. The slideshow will walk through the design, features, and construction step-by-step with photos and explanations. In part one of the three-part series we cover the kiln design, kiln base and building the walls. In part two we cover raising the chimney, completing the end walls, planning the arch, constructing the arch form and completing the chimney. In part three we complete the kiln as we add the metal framework, build the arch, completing the side walls, adding burners and propane supply, door construction and final kiln dimensions.

Season

2

Episode

7

Date

Dec 29, 2020

Construction of a Gas Fired Soda Kiln Part 1

Welcome to The Potter’s Round Table slideshow of the construction of a gas-fired soda Kiln at Washington Street Studios. The slideshow will walk through the design, features, and construction step-by-step with photos and explanations. In part one of the three-part series we cover the kiln design, kiln base and building the walls. In part two we cover raising the chimney, completing the end walls, planning the arch, constructing the arch form and completing the chimney. In part three we complete the kiln as we add the metal framework, build the arch, completing the side walls, adding burners and propane supply, door construction and final kiln dimensions.

Season

2

Episode

6

Date

Dec 29, 2020

Operating a Small Gas Kiln

Gas kilns can produce some of the most beautify textures and colors in the entire ceramic spectrum. And firing a gas kiln can be an efficient and effective path to an atmospheric firing. There are many variables that can produce unpredictable results in kiln setup and kiln loading. In this video Phil talks about everything he has learned in setting up the kiln in three different locations and firing his gas kiln for over twenty years. If you are experiencing difficulty with your current gas kiln or if you are planning to expand your firing options to include a gas kiln, this video can give you some ideas that might help improve your results.

Season

2

Episode

5

Date

Aug 2, 2020

Pottery Kiln Design, Construction and Operation - Wood Fired Kilns

The next three episodes will be a series on Pottery Kiln Design, Construction and Operation with this episode focused on Wood Fired Kilns.

Are you curious about different methods of firing pottery? Interested in participating in a wood firing? Are you thinking about building your own kiln? Wood firing is currently enjoying a renaissance with an increasing number of practitioners and a wide variety of approaches. This month’s discussion is an overview of the wood firing process and various kiln designs.

Season

1

Episode

1

Date

Jul 11, 2020

Pottery Kilns Design Construction and Operation - Gas Fired Kilns

This is the second of a three episode series on Pottery Kiln Design, Construction and Operation with this episode focused on Gas Fired Kilns.
Are you curious about different methods of firing pottery? This month we focus on gas firing with an overview of the fuels, burners, kilns, and firing procedures. How does natural gas differ from propane? What are the features of the different burner designs? What are some good practices for firing?

Season

1

Episode

2

Date

Aug 10, 2019

Pottery Kilns Design Construction and Operation - Electric Kilns

Introduction to Pottery Kilns: Design, Construction, and Operation
This is the last of the three-part series and this episode is focused on electric kilns with special emphasis on differences in the procedures used for firing compared to fuel-burning kilns. Electric kilns offer a number of advantages, but they also have shortcomings, and because of the apparent ease of operation, they can contribute to poor firing practices. We’ll talk about tips for avoiding problems and achieving better results.

Season

1

Episode

3

Date

Sep 14, 2019

Build Your Own Gas Fired Raku Kiln

Got an old electric kiln that doesn’t work anymore? How about turning it into a raku kiln? Gas-fired raku kilns are generally simple in design and small in size. As such, they are easy to construct using metal barrels or old electric kiln bodies. The discussion at the February Round Table Meeting will be about methods, materials, and equipment used to construct gas fired raku kilns, and also about tips for successful firings.

Season

2

Episode

4

Date

Feb 8, 2020