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Pin Holes and Bubbling

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Critical Firing Temperatures

Tom Anderson has a new blog post with a fairly exhaustive listing of temperatures where significant changes are taking place within the clay body and glazes. These give you a good reference as to where to slow, halt, or speed up your firing schedules

Newsletter Author/Editor Position Open

Erik Evans has been the writer/editor of the cone6pots network newsletter for the the last two years, scouring our content and drawing attention to the latest postings and to items of interest buried in our thousands of pages.

Now looking for someone to take over the production of the periodic newsletter page that gets sent out as a broadcast message to all C6P members. No pay, but a great deal of artistic control. Job entails finding and writing about topics of interest to mid-fire ceramicists, sourced from within and outside of our online network. Send message to George Lewter if you are interested.

June Newsletter Went Out June 8, 2018

All back newsletters, and a great deal of archival material can be found in the following not-so-secret location: http://cone6pots.ning.com/page/page/list

Regular members can upgrade to or renew supporting memberships at any time by clicking this link.

Questions? Contact George Lewter
Updated August 10, 2018

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Low cost flat lapping disc can be used on you potters wheel if you, drill bat pin holes in it, and provide a trickle of water to cool it. At amazon.com, 120 grit for aggressive material removal. Click the image to purchase 

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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 with stainless steel parts 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.

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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.

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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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