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ARTS 532 Multi-Chambered Kiln Wood Firing

Prerequisite: ARTS 531. (2 credits/lab fee) 

A study in the theory, techniques and aesthetics of the long multi-chambered wood firing. In depth information covering all aspects of firing the multi-chambered kiln, including practical experience at each stage of the process. Lectures and demonstrations will include characteristics of work for the wood kiln; decorating with slip and glazing techniques, loading and stacking procedures, wadding composition and placement on pots, tumble stacking and shelf setting, types of woods, the stoking of kiln chambers, analysis of stoking patterns, draft controls, the characteristics of combustion cycles and firing theory. Analysis of the firing will occur during the unloading. Information on types of kilns and basic kiln construction, kiln maintenance, kiln furniture, heat measuring devices and safety issues will also be covered.