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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…

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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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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 Education

10 Oct 8
Reply by Stacy Jo Scott

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

8 Oct 7
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Very dark midfire clays

I am an Australian potter and recently we gained access to 2 overseas clays - one from Scarva and Laguna's B3. I love the look of these cla…

Started by Carol Kenchington in Uncategorized

0 Oct 5

Silky Matte - Digitalfire - Tony Hansen

In this month's Digitalfire Newsletter Tony Hansen suggests a Silky Matte Glaze which resists cutlery marks can be made from a combination…

Started by Norm Stuart in Glazes - Recipe Exchange

9 Sep 5
Reply by Wyndham Dennison

Cool Glaze Technique

Cool Glaze TechniqueI had not seen this before and thought it was worth sharing. The guy expands a balloon in his mugs to hold them while g…

Started by Pat in Network User Guide

0 Aug 31

Looking for a clay

I have been using Standaard 182 clay - but have moved to area where I will have to special order it. I can get Laguna 436 B-Mix with grog l…

Started by Carl Ray Crutchfield in Ceramic Materials Education

1 Jul 27
Reply by Norm Stuart

Penland Red-Orange posted by Michele Hartung 6/29/2011

Penland Red-Orange posted by Michele Hartung 6/29/2011    Feldspar, F-4       46.70  Talc         16.90  Bone Ash     15.00  Crocus Martis…

Started by George Lewter in Glazes - Recipe Exchange

17 Jul 2
Reply by Norm Stuart

Glaze Tests

I have set up a web site with glaze tests for any one interested.  Tried an true recipes that are some of my favorites.…

Started by Randy McCall in Glazes - Recipe Exchange

32 Jul 1
Reply by Sofia Donovan

Am I dense or what

I'm having difficulty understanding cooling segments. How can a kiln cool at 999degrees per hour (1900 from 2115)when it seems to take fore…

Started by catherine simmons in Firing Techniques

2 Jun 30
Reply by catherine simmons

Slow Cooling

Gas kilns use hard fire-brick which cool far more slowly than the foam-core brick used in electric kilns. Many here have suggested this is…

Started by Norm Stuart in Firing Techniques

13 Jun 28
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