Art of Firing by Nils Lou

By | 21 December 08

The Art of Firing explores building and firing a fuel kiln from top to bottom.  This is a book that I would not ever be without!

  • Expansive diagrams of kiln designs
  • Comprehensive explanations of construction, draft, burners, and more
  • Sections on wood firing, salt glazing and refractory materials

art-of-firingFiring a gas or wood kiln can be like a dance, causing you to stretch more than you intended sometimes, and often leaving you with sore muscles, but a glorious sense of having accomplished something incredible.  However, in the midst of that dance is the serious problem of getting your kiln to fire to the top of your firing range.

There is nothing more frustrating than to have a stalled kiln!  Before you are trying everything you can think of and there is nothing you can do to move that temperature up that last 100 degrees, buy this book!

The section on construction and function of kilns addresses issues that could be impeding your firings.  I found out some little things that were minor adjustments but made a huge difference in the efficiency of my kiln and in how my glazes looked.

Nils has a direct writing style that addresses all facets of building and firing a kiln in simple every day language.  He tackles the Minnesota Flat Top kiln with extensive diagrams and explanation.  You can build one with this book!  Burners are covered very well, atmospheric to power.

Pros: Comprehensive handbook of kiln building and firing information, that doesn’t leave much out.

Cons:  The only thing I would like to see improved is the pictures.  The majority of the color photos were from an East Creek Anagama firing.

If you are looking for a coffee table book, this isn’t it.  But if you want a fantastic reference book of kiln and firing information, you will not be disappointed.  Dance on!

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