I have just received a review copy of this excellent book. The 4th edition has been fully updated and revised. There seems to be a very comprehensive review of refractory materials, the methods and principles of kiln construction, fuels, combustion and firing systems and things to watch out for from a safety viewpoint.
If you want to know about Updraft, Downdraft, Crossdraft or Multi-directional draft kilns – its covered, as are electric kilns. There are also various tables and an appendix to help with estimating data.
While my knowledge of kilns consists of looking at them, even I can see and understand how useful and informative this book will be for anyone planning to get or build a new kiln.
Its not especially cheap at £35, (£31.50 online from the publisher) but with over 300 pages packed with practical information, plans images and ideas it could be a good investment for many potters. – Studiopottery.co.uk
About the Author: Fred Olsen has been a ceramic artist for over 40 years, and is very well established in the field, both in the UK and USA. He often demonstrates kiln building at Aberystwyth Ceramic Festival, as well as building kilns at many other conferences and workshops around the world and is generally regarded as the authority on kilns. He sells his own designed kiln kits to potters around the world. His first kiln book was published in 1973 and it has been continually revised and expanded since then.
Pub DateNovember 2011
Illustrationsapprox. 270 colour and 310 black & white