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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 StuartLatest 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 LewterLatest Reply

Stocking Your Studio with Glaze Materials

How much to stock is a question that has to be considered and balanced by  variables such as: your production output, studio space availab…

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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

1 Jul 27
Reply by Norm Stuart

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

7 Jul 16
Reply by Robin Cherfane

What a difference the choice of clay makes.

When you evaluate a glaze you really need to test it on different clays. The following two pots were glazed the exact same way (spraying Je…

Started by George Lewter

12 Aug 13, 2016
Reply by George Lewter

Gerstley Borate in the USA

Gerstley borate was mined by US Borax up until around 2000, when production ceased. It was an inexpensive source of B2O3 in a fairly insolu…

Started by George Lewter

2 Jul 25, 2016
Reply by Tom Anderson

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

9 Jun 9, 2016
Reply by Dani Montoya

Microwave Compatible Ceramics

I've been interested if my pots are safe to use in the microwave. I have a few questions I hope someone may be able to help with. Firstly r…

Started by Tom Humphries

4 Sep 25, 2015
Reply by Joseph Fireborn

Frozen Clay??

Hello! Has anyone out there had any issues with frozen clay? We moved from the north of the province to the south and I had too much clay t…

Started by Barbara Howe

10 Apr 27, 2015
Reply by Barbara Howe

Colorants for Glaze and Clay

Rather than reinvent the wheel when it comes to the large topic of ceramic colorants I am going to refer to the ceramics department manual…

Started by George Lewter

4 Feb 17, 2015
Reply by Norm Stuart

Talc versions at Aardvark

I am just starting to put my first order together for raw materials for cone 6. The online catalog at Aardvark lists 3 different Talcs: Tal…

Started by Darthe Hues

7 Aug 4, 2014
Reply by Darthe Hues

Is Alumina Hydrate the same as Kaolin?

I'm confused by what I'm reading in various places.  I have a glaze recipe that calls for Kaolin.  Are there any acceptable substitute?  Th…

Started by Chantay Poulsen

3 Jun 2, 2014
Reply by Norm Stuart

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Members have had great things to say about John Britt's new book, Mid-Range Glazes. Click the image to buy from Amazon.com

Purchase Glazes Cone 6 by Michael Bailey, The Potters Book of Glaze Recipes by Emmanuel Cooper, or Making Marks by Robin Hopper, all available at amazon.comMastering Cone 6 Glazes by John Hesselberth & Ron Roy is now out of print.

Harbor Freight is a great place to find unbeatable prices for better HVLP spray guns with stainless steel parts and serviceable economy models, as well as detail guns, all tested by our members for spraying glazes, as well as compressors to power the guns. As yet no one has tested and commented on the remarkably inexpensive air brushes at harbor freight.

The critter siphon gun is a spray alternative that is well liked by some of our members, and is available at amazon.

Amazon is also a competitive source for photo light tents for shooting professional quality pictures of your work. They also have the EZ Cube brand favored by several of our members. You might also want to purchase the book Photographing Arts, Crafts and Collectibles . . .

If you are up to creating videos of your work or techniques you might want to invest in a flip video camera

Following are a few scales useful for potters. Your final price could be less or more - things change.

American Weigh Black Blade Digital Scale, 1000g X 0.1g $11.08 

For the non-digitally inclined the old standard Ohaus Triple Pro Mechanical Triple Beam Balance, 2610g x 0.1g, with Tare $169.00

And finally a low cost clone of the OHaus. The Adam Equipment TBB2610T Triple Beam Mechanical Balance With Tare Beam $99.62

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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