Porcelain

Firing process with porcelain is comparable to any mid-range or high-fire stoneware body. Porcelain is defined by type of clay in its composition, which can be highly variable. The clay mineral kaolinite is often a significant component. Other materials can include feldspar, ball clay, glass, bone ash, and quartz. Many porcelain bodies are being developed to fully vitrify at mid range and even low-fire temperatures. This allows for broader glaze effects and firing styles.

Challenges

Porcelain can be beautiful but also hard to work with. Many artists take advantage of its plasticity by making their work so thin it is translucent. When any clay is this thin and taken to its vitrification temperature it is subject to warping, especially heavy glaze on it. Like any clay and glaze combination, the artist should test everything before creating full-scale work.

Market

The market for porcelain is as broad as any art market. From ancient Chinese and Japanese works to modern ceramic artwork, the market for this style of ceramics is ever-growing.

Kilns

L&L has a product line for any firing range. Those who are trying to achieve high-fire or crystalline glaze affects should look at our JH series cone 12 electric kilns with the quad element design. Those who are in production at mid-range to high fire temperatures may want to consider the eQuad-Pro production kilns with the quad element design. Those working at cone 6 and below can look at any other kiln series we make and will want to consider the scale and scope of their work to make the proper kiln decision.

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.
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.
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.