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Types of Pottery Kilns

Newsletters & Articles Oct 24, 2012 No Comments

Purchasing a pottery kiln is no inexpensive undertaking.  It is the largest investment a potter has to make.  But which type of kiln should you buy Good question.  In this article, I will take a closer look at different types of kilns available and a history of how pottery kilns were used in the making of handmade pottery and other ceramic pieces.

Primitive kilns were no more than the simple hearths used for cooking, warmth, light, and protection.  In fact, pit kilns being very easy are still incorporated in hand made pottery and ceramics.  Clay has been used since prehistory for decoration and function but it is unknown how the actual firing process was discovered.  It is thought that the first fired pots originated nearly 10,000 years ago, when agriculture began.  These early farmers needed storage containers and fired clay served these needs well.  The earliest kilns were pits dug into the ground and the pottery loosely stacked on top of each other.  Flammable materials were placed around the pottery and the fire was allowed to burn down.  After cooling, the pots were cleaned of the ash and residue and were then used.
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An Introduction To Pastel Drawing & Painting

Newsletters & Articles Oct 23, 2012 No Comments

Pastels are a wonderful medium to work with.  If you are used to painting in wet mediums like oils and acrylics then you should give pastels a try.  They are a very refreshing and enjoyable approach to creating art.  This article will introduce you to the various pastel mediums that are available as well as touch on a few pastel painting and drawing techniques that you can incorporate into your next work of art.


Soft pastels are probably the most popular of the various pastel mediums.  Artists love the soft texture and the ability to paint on the colors which allows more freedom and usage of various techniques.  Soft pastels can cover large areas and are well suited for blending.  By varying the pressure, soft pastels can be applied in very light layers or impastos.

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