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Alfred University Fundamentals of Ceramics

Twelve Lectures explaining the science behind ceramic materials and firing them - everything but glaze making. > > > Download Lin…

Started by Norm Stuart in Ceramic Materials EducationLatest Reply

Replacing Materials that Are No Longer Produced or Have Changed Greatly

In the last couple of decades we have seen a number of materials that were in widespread use by potters suddenly go out of production. One…

Started by George Lewter in Ceramic Materials EducationLatest Reply

Testing Glazes for Durability, Fit, and Toxicity on Functional Ware

Testing glaze toxicity, fit, and durability can be a two tiered process. You can run a number of tests at home with very limited equipment…

Started by Liz Gamelin in Glazes - Theory and ChemistryLatest Reply

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Beyond the Market Tent to a Rolling Showroom

We have done festivals and various types of street shows using a very good Flourish Tent furnished with shelving to display the work. As an…

Started by Marla Stroup in Marketing & Business Savvy

7 Jun 9
Reply by josi rica

Online Glaze Calculation and Theory

Max Katz of Alfred University runs interactive 3 month classes in his understanding glaze materials workshop. You can watch some of his vid…

Started by George Lewter in Glazes - Theory and Chemistry

0 May 19

Tin Oxide substitutes

Has anyone been successful substituting Zircopac for Tin Ox in WARM JADE?

Started by Brenda B Hardt in Glazes - Recipe Exchange

5 May 9
Reply by Norm Stuart

Pete's Weathered Bronze (Green)

Recipe Name:  Pete's Weathered Bronze Cone:  6-9     Color:  green bronzeFiring:  Oxidation     Surface:  Matte Amount     Ingredient60    …

Started by George Lewter in Glazes - Recipe Exchange

17 May 2
Reply by Barbara Hanselman

diamond discs

Hello everybody, I am looking for a   diamond disc  to put on the potter's wheel, here in Belgium I can't find it  or even in Europe . I w…

Started by josi rica in Network User Guide

11 Apr 23
Reply by josi rica

Raw glaze recipe

Hi, I've been trying to work out a raw glaze recipe, after reading a few books suggesting ball clay works better for raw glazing leather ha…

Started by Tom Humphries in Glazes - Theory and Chemistry

5 Mar 17
Reply by Tom Anderson

gum in glazes

When I first started making glazes, gum was always added and I never questioned it believing it helped the application.  Recently I see inf…

Started by Autumn Downey in Glazes - Application Techniques

6 Mar 13
Reply by Norm Stuart

Firing with Cornstarch on the Clay Surface

I like to use cornstarch with my classes to keep my flexible rubber stamps from sticking to the clay surface but a kiln tech at one of my a…

Started by Barbara Hanselman in Firing Techniques

6 Mar 4
Reply by Barbara Hanselman

Glazes that break over images well

Wondering which  glazes "break" best over graphics etc. The mug displayed is an example, though it is not my own.   Do we achieve this with…

Started by cp dunbar in Network User Guide

2 Feb 26
Reply by Norm Stuart

Kiln Controller Bartlett Genesis LT-3140

I just installed the new Bartlett Genesis LT-3140 kiln controller in our kiln and are validating the first firing with "witness cones". If…

Started by Norm Stuart in Pottery Equipment

36 Feb 10
Reply by Joseph Fireborn



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