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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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Darvan/dispersant & slip ..is that the need 4 non-Newtonian thixotropic character reversel in wheelwork.

We have a lot of recycled white slip waste offcuts which I have tried to get to a point through the pugmill to be able to do wheelwork . I…

Started by Andre Johann Strydom in Network User Guide

1 Aug 14
Reply by Norm Stuart

Kiln shelves what is best?

We are needing new kiln shelves and there are so many different kinds now.  We are wondering what others are finding work best for Cone 6 f…

Started by Sharon Canfield in Pottery Equipment

0 Aug 5

Flocculating and deflocculating

I am a fairly new potter with a question regarding glazes that separate so badly, it is a constant battle to keep them in suspension. I rec…

Started by Cyndy shorter in Glazes - Application Techniques

22 Jun 17
Reply by Sharon Canfield

5 to 10 years in the bucket and its not the same.

5-10 years ago I mixed up a bucket of Pete Pinnell's Weathered Bronze Green cone 6-7. It was fine years ago and produced just the look I…

Started by Otto Wenger in Glazes - Theory and Chemistry

8 May 9
Reply by Norm Stuart

Slip Casting

I'm attempting to slip cast the mug in the photo. Would I be able to do this in a two piece mould? Will this handle prove hand to fill with…

Started by Rebekah Nicholas in Continuing Education

0 Apr 25

The Ceramics Links Forum

One of the best things we can do here at the cone6pots network is to be a good resource for our members. In the internet age a resource gui…

Started by George Lewter in Network User Guide

0 Mar 24

Photographing Your Work

We had a discussion on this topic previously, but it seems to be gone now. Perhaps the discussion was "owned" by someone who left the netwo…

Started by George Lewter in Marketing & Business Savvy

17 Feb 19
Reply by JC

John Britt's Snowflake Crackle - The cone 6 oxidation glazes

John had a great article in the Nov. 2011 issue of Ceramics Monthly which was excerpted and republished on the Ceramic Arts Daily Website a…

Started by George Lewter in Glazes - Testing and Reporting

29 Feb 19
Reply by JC

Looking for a new clay

Hi everyone, I am happy to say that I just moved to Nova Scotia but am sad that I now have to look for a new porcelain as my fav, NZ6 from…

Started by Brenda Outram in Uncategorized

2 Feb 19
Reply by JC

Old Skutt GAS kiln

I have been away for awhile.  We had to get our house ready to sell so that we could build a new one.  Anyway, I am going to have my kiln r…

Started by Jeff Poulter in Pottery Equipment

1 Feb 16
Reply by George Lewter

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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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