Wherever the skills of the potter are taught today, it is likely that the ubiquitous bisc will make its appearance. Twice firing is common practice in almost every field of ceramics, despite the fact that it is historically a relative newcomer. In this book, Fran Tristram explores the older method of single firing, both through its history and through its practice. The reasons for its demise are revealed and explained, the myths surrounding it examined, and practical problems resolved. Although it is true that, like any other technique, single firing will not suit everybody, this book, drawing as it does on the long experience of many well-known single firers (e.g. Lucie Rie, Clive Bowen, Josie Walter), should give confidence to those who are willing to try.