Ceramic Firing Schedules

Fast firing is almost universal in most sectors of the ceramic industry now. Companies hire experts to design kilns and firing procedures to successfully handle the type of ware they manufacture. Small potteries, university ceramics programs, potters and hobby potters have periodic kilns and generally do not fast fire. This enables them to use clays and glazes and make ware that would not be practical in fast fire kilns. The results that a specific glaze gives are a combination of the recipe, the underlying clay and the firing schedule (which implicitly embodies control of the kiln atmosphere). This area of the Digitalfire Reference database is intended to capture the firing part of the puzzle. In theory, no glaze should be separated from its firing schedule, especially if it is reactive and special-purpose in a way that depends on the firing history. If you have an account at Insight-live.com, you can define firing schedules in greater detail than shown here and you can link recipes to schedules.

The format for the data in this area matches the way a typical electronic controller for an electric is programmed (although at Insight-live.com you can also create period-schedules, as opposed to rate-schedules, for gas kilns).

By Tony Hansen

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