How to Fire a Clay Pot In a Home Oven

Most professionally created clay pots are dried in industrial kilns, which heats them up to super high temperatures, creating a rock-hard surface. Home pottery enthusiasts who do not have a kiln can make similar clay pots in their home ovens. Since ovens do not reach the high temperatures of kilns, oven-dried pots are not as durable but will still last if proper care is used when maintaining them. Oven-dried pots are made of special oven-dry clay, not standard pottery clay.

Oven-baked pots look just like kiln-fired pots.

Step 1

Feel the clay pot with your bare hand to see if it feels damp. If you feel any dampness at all, set the pot in a warm, dry location for 24 additional hours until it is completely dry to the touch. If the pot is cooked too soon, it will crack in the oven.

Step 2

Place the pot inside the oven, directly on the center rack. If needed, adjust the oven rack up or down so that the pot does not touch the top of the oven and is centered. You do not need to place the clay pot on a baking sheet, although you can if you wish.

Step 3

Set the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and let the clay pot cook for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Turn the oven off and remove the pot from inside while using potholders. Set it on a heat-resistant surface and leave it alone for at least three to four hours or until it is completely cool.

Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.