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Primitive Pottery: A Complete Guide for Beginners

Pottery making is a popular hobby for millions of people today which is not surprising because just about everyone has enjoyed playing with mud from the time they were children. What does surprise me is that practicing such an ancient craft is dependent on so much expensive equipment. It seems that the making of primitive […]

How to Make a Primitive Kiln at Home

Pottery kilns have been used by people in all parts of the world for thousands of years. By comparison the modern, electric or gas kiln is a rather recent invention, they are nice but expensive to purchase and expensive to operate. A simple primitive kiln such as our ancestors might have used can be made […]

5 Best Open Fire Pottery Techniques for Outdoor Pottery Firing

Who needs a kiln? People have been creating pottery for millennia and only more recently have kilns become popular, so get in touch with your ceramic heritage and do some outdoor pottery firing. I have been firing pottery without a kiln for over thirty years and this is my list of the top 5 ways […]

How to Fire Pottery Without a Kiln

An electric pottery kiln is a convenient tool but making art without the use of modern technology is fun and gives a sense of connection to the earth for both the artist and the art. Learning how to fire pottery without a kiln is not hard and the process is not overly long or complicated. […]

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Outdoor Pottery Firing 101

This course teaches the ancient art of outdoor, above-ground pottery firing. I will explain the science behind a pottery fire, give tips on selecting the best wood and fire safety, then lead you through several complete outdoor pottery firings. All video based learning so you can come along with me as I fire pottery in the way practiced by the ancient Mogollon while I explain what is being done and why it is being done.

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