Low-Fire Ceramics

Low-Fire typically refers to work fired below about 2000°F (1100°C). Many clays and glazes are designed for this and it is very popular among K-12 schools and hobbyists. Low firing has the advantage of using less energy and generally the clays and glazes are more forgiving of temperature variations and other problems. Some prominent clay artists take advantage of the many glazes and effects that have been developed for low fire so just because this method is highly practical for economics in schools and paint-your-own pottery shops it also has much artistic potential.

Challenges

Certain low-fire applications require the creator to bisque to a higher temperature then they glaze fire. This assures the vitrification of the clay body and can often offer the creator a wider color palette. The hotter a kiln gets the harder it is to achieve certain colors and effects.
Lower firing clay and glazes are sometimes considered not microwave and dishwasher safe. This is not always the case but it is a good idea to ask the manufacturer about your materials before using them.

Market

The market for low-fire ceramics is ever-growing. Clay and glaze manufacturers have designed a wide body of materials for a number of reasons. You can achieve a broader color palette at low-fire temperatures and clays can be designed for full vitrification below 2000 deg f. This lower temperature saves energy, time and money.

Kilns

Any of our kilns can be used for low-fire ceramic ranges. If the application is for a school, the School-Master series kilns have our intuitive One-Touch control that is pre-programmed for low fire applications.

Recommended Kilns

The L&L Flagship Kiln: Six popular Easy-Fire models. Multi-Zone control. Sectional. Easy maintenance. Sizes from 2.5 to 10.2 cubic feet. Most models and voltages are Cone 10.
School-Master kilns are designed specifically for K-12 schools with a Five-Year Warranty. One-touch simple control. Sectional. Graded elements. Cone 6 but with plenty of power for long life.
The perfect hobby kiln with a 12 foot long 30 amp cord for plugging into a dryer outlet. One-Touch Simple Control. Cone 10.
High Power Production version of Easy-Fire Series with "Quad" element design. Multi-Zone Control. Sectional. Easy Maintenance. Sizes From 6.7 To 10.2 Cubic Feet. Cone 10.
A Special Design Just for Crystalline Glaze. Cone 12. Multi-Zone COntrol. Type S Thermocouples. K25 firebrick. Quad elements.
Small Kiln for Hobby Use and Glaze Testing. One-Touch or DynaTrol program controls. Various voltages and amp ratings.
Affordable front-loading kilns with professional features like an 4-1/2" K25 arched roof, door elements, cooling vent and 5" of multi-layered insulation. Multi-Zone DynaTrol. Cone 10.
Large Heavy-Duty Front-Loading Kilns. Includes 4-1/2" K25 arched roof, door elements, and 5" of multi-layered insulation. Multi-Zone DynaTrol. Cone 10.
Customizable Automatic Zoned Top-Loading Kilns - up to 45" tall. Multi-Zone control. Sectional with plug in control panel. Easy maintenance. Sizes from 2.6 to 17 cubic feet. Most models and voltages are Cone 10.
Jupiter Kilns that pull apart for easy loading of sculpture
Large Square and Rectangular Production kilns. Multi-Zone Control. Floor-standing panel. Spring-loaded hinge. Sectional. Easy Maintenance. Sizes From 5 To 34.5 Cubic Feet. Cone 10.
Bell-Lift Production Kilns
100 cubic feet Bell Lift Kilns for Industry. Cone 10.
An International Kiln for Hobby/Household Use where household current is 220 to 240 volts. Cone 10.
Custom Configured and Designed for Industrial Applications