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Looking for Studio in SW Florida

George Lewter, founder of the cone6pots network, is looking for a little working space, temporarily this winter in someone's studio in the area between north Ft. Meyers and the south side of Sarasota. Want to work a couple of days per week. Can help out with studio upkeep, glazes, firing, etc.  Will also pay rent. Leave me a message if you or someone you know might be interested.

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January Project for Glaze Makers

Greater than 50% of the visits to the cone6pots network are by people seeking glaze recipes or glaze information. In response to this demand, I propose that January 15 through February 28, 2015 be designated as the C6P Glaze Education Days. We can concentrate on topics such as: Basic glaze chemistry, substituting raw materials, how to test variations to eliminate defects, getting comfortable with the Insight-Live glaze recipe database, and more. A discussion of this project is now posted. You can use it to comment, volunteer, and/or suggest more needed topics.

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Updated October 16, 2014

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