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Ceramic Whitewares Training

L5 – Kiln Firing

June 2024 (date to be confirmed), Lucideon HQ, Staffordshire

All saleable items must pass successfully through the firing processes.

The practical session will include the use of a pyrometer (Bullers Rings), gradient firing trials, the use of thermocouples, and a fault solving enterprise.

The module describes:

  • The reactions which take place in a clay, quartz and feldspar body during the firing process
  • Changes to bodies which occur during firing
  • The firing curve and the key control points
  • Use of pyrometers to measure heat work
  • Features of the different types of kiln, kiln atmosphere, and pressure
  • Use of thermocouples
  • Investigating firing problems

At the end of the module, you will be able to understand:

  • The principles of the firing process
  • How to control the firing process
  • The firing of ceramic tableware items best practice
  • Maintenance and energy saving best practice