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2017 Claycation Opening for General Registration July 1

We're moving to a new, more customizable, more social, more modern platform. We'll be cone6pots.org

We should be getting a migration status report in the next few days. Contact George Lewter if you would like to preview the new site when it is brought up in sandbox mode for testing.

2017 Alaska Claycation Aug15-22, 2017

Booking for this event in Kasilof, AK begins July 1, 2016. Alaska can be an incredible source of artistic inspiration. Native arts have graphic qualities that can easily be channeled in many ceramic decoration methods.

Annual Fundraiser Proceeding 

The Annual Summer Supporting Member Fundraiser began earlier in June. The initial response was very gratifying with 27 payments and donations on top of the members who had voluntary sent payments before the fundraiser was announced. To these people a heartfelt "Thank You!"


Regular members can upgrade to or renew supporting memberships at any time by clicking this link.
As you can see, that's not a very long list from a network with over 2,000 members. So please think about the benefit of your membership. If you are willing to make a tiny payment to help us toward our goal of $3,000 to fund the upgrade to our new online home, we'll do our utmost to make it great.

Click to view the  June Newsletter

Questions? Contact George Lewter
Updated June 24, 2016

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Norm Stuart replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Type-S thermocouple
"I just needed to clean the dirt and debris off the thermocouple, which must have shorted-out the…"
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Joseph Fireborn posted a status
"Running my first currie grid test tonight on a celadon glaze. Trying to find a better surface with no microdimples. heres hoping."
yesterday
Norm Stuart posted a discussion

Type-S thermocouple

Is www.Keramik-Kraft.de in Germany the least expensive…See More
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George Lewter commented on Lina Seidman's photo
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"Beautiful. I like the hard, non-blending, contrasting colors. "
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Pat replied to Joseph Fireborn's discussion Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?
"I need to replace my elements and install a pyrometer so I can get going on some glaze testing. I…"
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Joseph Fireborn replied to Joseph Fireborn's discussion Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?
"NP. Thanks for asking about my work. I always appreicate feedback as well, so any negatives or…"
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Pat replied to Joseph Fireborn's discussion Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?
"Cool. Thank you :) "
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Joseph Fireborn replied to Joseph Fireborn's discussion Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?
"My blog is JosephFireborn.com, you can go back through my 2 years of development if your curious.…"
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Pat replied to Joseph Fireborn's discussion Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?
"Beautiful results! It is fun to get the glaze just so but obviously it is lovely as is. Will you…"
Friday
Joseph Fireborn replied to Joseph Fireborn's discussion Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?
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Joseph Fireborn replied to Joseph Fireborn's discussion Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?
"I am going to setup a curry grid test for that exact reason down the line. Right now I need to get…"
Thursday
Pat replied to Joseph Fireborn's discussion Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?
"Well it was an interesting experiment - thanks for sharing. I know you are done testing for now but…"
Thursday
Joseph Fireborn replied to Joseph Fireborn's discussion Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?
"Results are in, the firing to cone 6 twice showed no real difference in glaze smoothness compared…"
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Joseph Fireborn commented on Daniel Ramos speak-spanish.'s photo
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"Well done. "
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Joseph Fireborn replied to Joseph Fireborn's discussion Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?
"Welp. I am firing the test right now. Currently going to cone 6 then dropping to 1945, then going…"
Wednesday
Joseph Fireborn replied to Joseph Fireborn's discussion Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?
"My standard firing profile was cone 5 with a 60 minute hold to cone 6 (verified with self…"
Wednesday
George Lewter replied to Joseph Fireborn's discussion Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?
"Top end holds might accomplish what you want. If you fire to cone five and then hold that…"
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Joseph Fireborn posted a discussion

Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?

So I have a curious question for all you cone 6 firers out there. I recently refired a few pots and…See More
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Robert Coyle commented on Daniel Ramos speak-spanish.'s photo
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modelado 2

"Interesting mug... George would be proud of you."
Jun 20
Robert Young and Amanda Sullivan are now friends
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Use These Links to Support Us

Members have had great things to say about John Britt's new book, Mid-Range Glazes. Click the image to buy from Amazon.com

Purchase Glazes Cone 6 by Michael Bailey, The Potters Book of Glaze Recipes by Emmanuel Cooper, or Making Marks by Robin Hopper, all available at amazon.comMastering Cone 6 Glazes by John Hesselberth & Ron Roy is now out of print.

Harbor Freight is a great place to find unbeatable prices for better HVLP spray guns and serviceable economy models, as well as detail guns, all tested by our members for spraying glazes, as well as compressors to power the guns. As yet no one has tested and commented on the remarkably inexpensive air brushes at harbor freight.

The critter siphon gun is a spray alternative that is well liked by some of our members, and is available at amazon.

Amazon is also a competitive source for photo light tents for shooting professional quality pictures of your work. They also have the EZ Cube brand favored by several of our members. You might also want to purchase the book Photographing Arts, Crafts and Collectibles . . .

If you are up to creating videos of your work or techniques you might want to invest in a flip video camera

Following are a few scales useful for potters. Your final price could be less or more - things change.

American Weigh Black Blade Digital Scale, 1000g X 0.1g $11.08 

For the non-digitally inclined the old standard Ohaus Triple Pro Mechanical Triple Beam Balance, 2610g x 0.1g, with Tare $169.00

And finally a low cost clone of the OHaus. The Adam Equipment TBB2610T Triple Beam Mechanical Balance With Tare Beam $99.62

ebay is a great alternative for many tools and the equipment used in the ceramics studio - kilns, wheels, extruders, slab rollers are often listed there both new and used.

Tips for Members

If you just want to spout off, it is best accomplished as a blog posting. If you want to get more guidance and ideas from other members, ask a question as a new discussion topic. In the upper right corner of the lists for both types of posting, you will find an "+Add " button. Clicking it will open an editor where you create your posting. 4/16/2014

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