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Kiln Building 
Ian Gregory
The Electric Kiln
How to install your own electric kiln and, just as important, what to do if something goes wrong with it. There is full guidance on how to make the best use of your kiln to achieve the effects you want.
Ceramics Handbooks: Kiln Building
What materials to use, construction methods, the firing equipment needed and pitfalls involved. It includes plans for building a variety of kilns such as oil-burning, wood-firing, Raku, salt-glaze and single and two chambered kilns.
Wood-fired Ceramics
Looks at aesthetic aims, working practises and kilns of international potters.  Some clay, glaze and slip recipes along with kiln plans.  Well illustrated.
Wood-Fired Stoneware & Porcelain
A great resource containing substantial information on kiln design, clays, glazes, stacking, and firing wood kilns.  Details from experience, the photos and illustrations will make you want to pot. History, work and info on contemporary potters. 
Ceramics Handbooks: Single Firing: the Pros and Cons (Ceramics Handbooks)  
Fran Tristram
Dorset Country Potter
History of the industry, people and pots of the Verwood kilns, which were still firing using traditional methods until 1952. Topics covered include: the history of the potteries from the 16th century through their peak in the mid-18th century until the last kiln closed at Cross Roads; and descriptions of the ware.
Single Firing
A series of practical guides for working potters, students and teachers. Today multiple firing is common however, this was not always the case and this book explains how this change came about. It also discusses the pros and cons of using single firing and dispels many of the myths that have arisen about it.
The Art of Firing.
Potters tend to fire kilns by "the seat of their pants", but a sound knowledge of the science involved is necessary to underpin the intuitive approach. Nils Lou discusses the structure of various fuel-burning kilns and explains how kilns work. For reliable results, the potter needs to know how pots react to atmospheric changes both inside and outside the kiln. Explains how to diagnose problems so that results can be improved and poor firings eliminated.

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