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Why Single Fire Instead of Bisquing & Then Glaze Firing?

    Why Single Fire? Have you ever been caught up in a rush of creative energy while shaping a piece, and lost that feeling while you wa…

Started by George Lewter

3 Aug 9, 2016
Reply by Jack Boyko

Firing cycle for single firing

Hi  I want to give raw firing a shot, cone 6 electric ( of course!) I have a digital programmer> I know the cycle is longer than a biscu…

Started by Bill Curillo

19 Sep 7, 2015
Reply by Melissa Mead

Survey: Once Fired Ceramics

Hi There, I'm a mature student doing an MA in Ceramics at UCLAN Preston UK. I'm interested in single fired ceramics and have devised a very…

Started by Margaret Davies

2 Mar 2, 2015
Reply by Margaret Davies

Once firing - underglaze decoration with clear

Hello All, I am just venturing into Once Firing and my pieces are stoneware with underglaze and I'd welcome any advice/insight about coveri…

Started by KarenB

3 Dec 8, 2013
Reply by Merry Arttoones, M.F.A>

Best Clays to Use for Single Firing

     While many clays may be used for raw glazing and single firing, some are bound to be better than others at taking the shock of getting…

Started by George Lewter

4 Oct 29, 2013
Reply by George Lewter

Modifying a commercial glaze?

Is it possible to modify a commercial cone 6 glaze so it can be single fired?      I have Standard brand glazes and clay, all of it cone 6.…

Started by Elizabeth Ruppert

7 Oct 22, 2013
Reply by George Lewter

Single Fire Question

I am currently involved in sharing Steven Hill's cone 6 single fire method with my fellow students at a community college. Last semester, I…

Started by Karlan Emery

5 Sep 29, 2013
Reply by Maggie Jones

Glaze Application for Single Firing

For just about any question in ceramics there are two good basic answers.  "It depends." "Try it!" How to glaze ware for single firing is…

Started by George Lewter

5 Jan 2, 2012
Reply by Anne Cunningham

Let's Get Started with Single Firing

So, is anyone ready to dive into single firing? I have some bone dry test tiles I'm going to try out with a couple of my glazes that I know…

Started by George Lewter

15 Nov 8, 2010
Reply by George Lewter

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