Purpose of the course: The course explores ceramic firing techniques with particular regard paid to the serial production of artefacts and functional objects or for interior furnishing. This is a sector specialization that now sees the artisans disappear without generational turnover. The course offers an experience providing a skillset to be familiar with and understand the ancient and current firing systems.
What you learn: With this course, the student learns the essential techniques of firing ceramic products in the first, second and third firings and problems related to all the variables that emerge in professional activity, which can often cause serious damage and blockages in the production process.
Certification: Certificate of attendance and participation and the training booklet of the Centre for Ceramics Experimentation of Montelupo
TECHNICAL and HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION
- Types of ancient and current kilns: characteristics and peculiarities, potential and operating temperatures
- Problems within and inherent to the production processes covered in the course activities
- The most appropriate techniques for the construction of the stacking posts scaffolding inside the kiln (kiln scaffolding): assembly systems to ensure correct firing, aspects that make up the stacking of different levels holding pieces for firing within the kiln, the secrets for the differing types of firing
- Analysis of the operating temperatures of the kilns and in relation to the first, second and third firing: kiln elements (such as cylinders, cubes, supports and refractory tablesnd temperature control equipment
- Differences between firings of up to 1000 ° C and at higher temperatures
- Exercises of stacking inside the kilns with objects of variable sizing
- Firing exercises for dried (uncooked clay) products
- Firing exercises for painted and glazed artefacts
- Firing exercises for third fire products