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What a difference the choice of clay makes.

Started by George Lewter in Ceramic Materials Education. Last reply by Marina Reijsmeijer (Kleierij) 15 hours ago. 6 Replies

Pyrophyllite - Pyrax

Started by Norm Stuart in Glazes - Theory and Chemistry. Last reply by Tom Anderson yesterday. 5 Replies

Gerstley Borate in the USA

Started by George Lewter in Ceramic Materials Education. Last reply by Tom Anderson yesterday. 2 Replies

 

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Marina Reijsmeijer (Kleierij) replied to George Lewter's discussion What a difference the choice of clay makes.
"Interesting! I am a coward. I always use the same clay. This makes clay recycling much easier too.…"
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Small Vase 3x4.5

"Thanks Robert, appreciate the encouragement, and I know what your saying, heard it a number of…"
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Small Vase 3x4.5

"Really nice abstract/impressionistic decoration... if you painted this as an oil, it would fetch…"
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Tom Anderson replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Pyrophyllite - Pyrax
"GM Norm: Ron has two of them actually, and on occasion sends me links to used ones up for sale. If…"
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Tom Anderson replied to George Lewter's discussion Gerstley Borate in the USA
"George: Before I post a question, let me say I am impressed by the amount of informational and…"
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Norm Stuart replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Pyrophyllite - Pyrax
"This is the only macro-crystalline glaze I've ever fired, as it behaves pretty much like a…"
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Tom Anderson replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Pyrophyllite - Pyrax
"Hi Norm: Ty for the reference: I fired 50lbs of frost earlier this summer. The problem with firing…"
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Norm Stuart replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Pyrophyllite - Pyrax
"Tom - Laguna Clay "New Zealand Frost" has an impressively high COE for a clay at 6.99 - I…"
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Tom Anderson replied to George Lewter's discussion What a difference the choice of clay makes.
"Hi Joseph: It is almost an automatic response among potters to think they did something wrong in…"
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Norm Stuart replied to Joseph Fireborn's discussion SCM at cone 6. Glaze Issues, Firing Temp, and Chemistry Questions in the group Steven Hill Oxidation Project
"The underlying question is at what Cone does strontium participate in the glaze, as carbonate or…"
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Joseph Fireborn replied to George Lewter's discussion What a difference the choice of clay makes.
"Tom, Bar 9 explains why I get a lot of variation out of my stoneware compared to my porcelain.…"
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"See test information in: What a difference the choice of clay makes. Tom"
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Tom Anderson replied to George Lewter's discussion What a difference the choice of clay makes.
"Hi George: I have been working for several years on clay formulation. The oddity being there are no…"
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Tom Anderson commented on George Lewter's group Cone 6 Glaze Testing & Reporting
"Hi George: I read through the posts/comments in this section, hopefully I did not miss any of them.…"
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I added this photo to give members an idea of the work I do. 90% of my work is with crystalline…
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