Stanley Mace Andersen, Coffee Pot, earthenware, height, 10 in.
Outside industrial settings, most of the ceramic objects made today are probably fired in electric kilns, yet the effect of this type of firing on the objects made, the ideas behind them, or the people making them is rarely discussed.
I acquired my first electric kiln about thirty years ago. It had three switches, each with three settings, and a cone sitter - simple. I didn't trust the cone sitter but given all the other things in life that couldn't be trusted, the sitter's erratic behavior barely mattered.