The "Ceramics Handbooks" are a series of highly illustrated, practical handbooks for both working potters and students wanting to experiment in a new area, and for teachers. Each title deals with a specific ceramic topic or technique. This title presents a guide to building a kiln - 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. It also discusses some more specialized approaches to firing with examples of paper kilns, Roman pit firing, fire tree construction and direct site firings. There are also instructions on building a glassblowing furnace.