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World Wide Woodfire
Woodfiring has an age-old tradition in ceramics. The very first
ceramics ever fired were done (probably accidently) in camp fires
and rudimentary kilns thousands of years ago. Under woodfiring
we now understand firing a brick kiln with wood as fuel.
Firing Tips and Tricks
There's more to black-firing than just throwing a few bags of
sugar into some old kiln! Get some great hints on black firing
From your Ceramics Today guide to Decorative Arts, Erin McCready
Maiolica -beautifully painted arabesque or Renaissance motifs
on a white background- has a tradition that goes back hundreds
of years. Wide-spread in Italy, it has gained popularity with
modern ceramists from all over the world.
The traditional technique of pit firing is an age-old but simple
firing technique using combustible fuels, that you can try out
in your own back yard.
Ever since porcelain was formulated in China early this millennium
and became known in the west around the 16th century, it has been
prized for its whiteness and translucency.
Raku is a low-fire technique that originated in Japan, where it
is revered for its simplicity. It has gained wide-spread popularity
in the west, where it has become part of the western ceramic culture.
Help! Raku is taking over the Net! Well...not quite, but there
sure is a lot of online raku art. This is all the more of an enigma,
considering that you can't get much more low-tech than raku!
on the Web
Ceramic art encompasses not only vessels and sculpture but also
tiles. Over the ages, different cultures have made beautiful tiles,
some contemporary tile artists are at it too!
Translucency in ceramics is prized for its uniqueness, beauty
and the technical difficulties involved. Usually translucency
will be achieved by using a porcelain body or bone china, which
will often be cast in a mold.
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