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Alfred University Fundamentals of Ceramics

Twelve Lectures explaining the science behind ceramic materials and firing them - everything but glaze making. 01  Geology 02  Raw Material…

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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Mocha Diffusoin

HiI'm trying to learn how to do mocha diffusion. I read your description along with a number of others on the web. However, I'm not having…

Started by Lawrence Weathers in Glazes - Application Techniques

13 on Sunday
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^6 oil spot MFA thesis

 attached is a Masters thesis on cone 6 oil spot glazes which is very thorough and produces wonderful results. I corresponded with the auth…

Started by Lawrence Weathers in Glazes - Theory and Chemistry

18 Jun 11
Reply by Joseph Fireborn

Leather hard to glaze fired weight difference

Hi all. I've made my first set of dinner plates and have just finished trimming them. I think they might be a bit heavy. I was wondering if…

Started by Tom Humphries in Continuing Education

4 May 25
Reply by Norm Stuart

What is this decoration technique?

I've recently enjoyed doing this decoration on some spoon rests. Basically stabbing a rib into the soft clay repeatedly while the wheel is…

Started by Tom Humphries in Altering and Decorating Forms

3 May 25
Reply by Tom Humphries

Buisness Accounting, looking for info

Recently decided to become a "Proper" buisness.  I already have an accountant and know how to do general bookkeeping.  But I have so many q…

Started by Chantay Poulsen in Marketing & Business Savvy

4 Apr 26
Reply by George Lewter

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

4 Apr 10
Reply by Joseph Fireborn

Help with Mason Stain 6021

I love rich, primary colors and i get them successfully though using Mason Stains in a 20x5 glaze base. Wollastonite, FF3134, Silica. EPK a…

Started by Dani Montoya in Network User Guide

3 Apr 4
Reply by Norm Stuart

Creating Texture

I am always on the lookout for new ways to add texture. I have seen rollers in several ceramic supply catalogs which were cool. This Etsy s…

Started by Pat in Network User Guide

1 Mar 8
Reply by Tom Anderson

Light Rutile Substitute

Has anyone reformulated dark rutile with titanium dioxide and/or other compounds to closely approximate light rutile? The light type had as…

Started by George Lewter in Glazes - Theory and Chemistry

11 Mar 7
Reply by Judith Stoudmann

Slip trailing

I'm trying to refine my skills at slip trailing and struggling. I'm having trouble getting slip to squirt in a smooth flowing manner, somet…

Started by Lawrence Weathers in Glazes - Application Techniques

9 Jan 24
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