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Learn How to Smoke Fire Ceramics with Studio Ranj

Create an alternative kiln and barrel fire your pots

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Taught by studio potter, Studio Ranj aka Ranjit Dhaliwal, this course will teach you some basic techniques for smoke firing your ceramics, which can be done even at home (please read the Health and Safety PDF that accompanies this course). This course was filmed at the Lea Bridge Road studio of our partner, Turning Earth.

Using materials that can be found in and around your home, you will learn how to prepare your pots for firing, the different techniques and firing effects, how to safely create your own alternative kiln, and smoke-fire multiple pots in one firing.

This course is perfect for ceramicists from intermediate through to advanced potters looking to experiment with alternative kiln-firing techniques that go beyond glazing, or for anyone looking to brush up on their techniques and knowledge of firing effects.

At the end of this course, you'll be able to create some fascinating and unusual finishes to your work.

Please note that your pots will need to have been bisque fired to 900 degrees before using these alternative firing techniques.



About Ranjit


Ranjit Dhaliwal Ceramics

This course was filmed at Turning Earth's Lea Bridge Road studio and taught by studio potter, Studio Ranj aka Ranjit Dhaliwal who practices and teaches at Turning Earth studios. Ranjit Dhaliwal is an emerging ceramicist based in London.

About this School


Turning Earth
Turning Earth

Turning Earth is an open-access members’ ceramics studio that is accessible to anyone - from total beginners to professional artists.

Its beautiful studios in London E2 occupies two large, glass-fronted railway arches on the Kingsland Viaduct, between Hoxton and Haggerston overground stations. Turning Earth E10 is a new centre for ceramics that opened in the Lee Valley, East London in March 2017, in the 8,500 sq ft top floor of an old hardware factory.

Membership is for anyone who can work independently, and is completely flexible. Practitioners can come for up to 15 hours a week, at times that suit you.

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Your Course Outline


  Meet Studio Ranj
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  Introduction to Smoke Firing and What You'll Need
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  Preparation and Firing Effects
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  Safety Precautions
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  Combustibles
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  Unloading Your Pots
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  Cleaning
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  Evaluation
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.