I have owned The Japanese Pottery Handbook for many many years. Illustrated by Lucy Kitto it is a charming volume. It has the simplest and best summary of Japanese kilns I have seen. Take a gander.
Kiln(er): Kilns are often overlooked and certainly lack an online presence. They are a fundamental and endlessly interesting bit of the ceramic process. Thus under “kilner” (what I am affectionately referred to by a friend and what really perhaps all ceramists could be aptly called) we will explore the wonderful back breaking, hair singeing world of kilns.