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Ron Roy article on Custer Feldspar and adjusting recipes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Kat Jul 8, 2014. 1 Reply

I came across this article on Facebook and found it a good explanation of the changes to Custer Feldspar as the mine has dug further back and the chemical composition has changed.  Namely the K has…Continue

Tags: Crystobalite, Feldspar, Custer

Drying Cabinet

Started this discussion. Last reply by JR Mar 23, 2013. 1 Reply

I recycled a failed Upright freeze as a drying cabinet. It works so well that things don't actually dry in it:).  Actually we have to prop the door open from time to time to let humidity out.Recently…Continue

Spectralux versus Zircopax

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brent Farler Dec 1, 2012. 2 Replies

It seems my local supplier only sells Spectralux Opacifier which runs about 60% more than straight Zircopax.  It is the same percentage of zirconium as zircopax. While it seems to have a smaller…Continue

Firing Schedule - Fine tuning your electric kiln controller

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Stuart Aug 27, 2013. 45 Replies

 I am working with an Orten controller on my electric kiln.  In spite of low use (<30 firings) my thermocouple doesn't appear to read very accurately.  The automatic cone fire programs…Continue

 

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Brent Farler replied to Brent Farler's discussion What causes glazes to react with each other in the group Cone 6 Glaze Testing & Reporting
"sounds like, experiment and test, experiment and test, experiment and test, repeat. I am guessing the amount of soak at the target cone can have an effect as well.  so fluidity + time at temperature"
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George Lewter replied to Brent Farler's discussion What causes glazes to react with each other in the group Cone 6 Glaze Testing & Reporting
"Glazes layered or in contact with each other can exhibit wild behavior due to eutectic melting. Material components that have higher melting points by themselves can have drastically reduced melting points when mixed together, or in contact with…"
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Brent Farler replied to Brent Farler's discussion What causes glazes to react with each other in the group Cone 6 Glaze Testing & Reporting
"rather than the flow/run what about the mixing of two glazes.  Would this imply if both are high in calcium, magnesium or strontium they won't mix and if high in sodium, potassium or lithium they would 'mix' i.e. tend towards…"
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Tom Anderson replied to Brent Farler's discussion What causes glazes to react with each other in the group Cone 6 Glaze Testing & Reporting
"Brent: Flux basics- calcium, magnesium and strontium are considered low flow fluxes: meaning they have a tendency not to run. Sodium, potassium, and lithium are high flow: meaning they have a tendency to run. The base glaze should be high in…"
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Brent Farler added a discussion to the group Cone 6 Glaze Testing & Reporting
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What causes glazes to react with each other

I have noticed that glazes often tend to either react when layered or are quite stable and do not mix.  If anyone has any insights into the chemical reactions I would like hear.  It seems like there are times you would like to encourage two glazes to interact with each other.I have heard of some artists who multifire at successively lower temperatures to allow them to layer glazes much like a painter may add colors and details successively. I have found that refiring a piece with a second glaze…See More
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Brent Farler replied to Tom Waggle's discussion Pinholes and craters in the group Steven Hill Oxidation Project
"Pinholes were my personal trial and tribulation as a student.  My first year half of my work was ruined by it.  I blamed everything.  I would refire stuff multiple times trying to save a piece from pinholes - futility of course.…"
Jan 24, 2016
Donna Kat and Brent Farler are now friends
Jan 20, 2015
Brent Farler commented on juli long's photo
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"what is your firing schedule to get the reds?  or are you using something under you waterfall? thx, like the results."
Nov 29, 2014
Brent Farler posted a photo

Black Orange Red Shino Bowl

Dipped in Ron Roy's Licorice, carved away pattern for the orange red (cadmium inclusion stain), coyote butterscotch shino over black, with some orange red blush added over shino (right outside near rim). Cone 6 Oxidation with 30 minute hold and…
Nov 29, 2014
Brent Farler commented on George Lewter's group Group Studio Managers
"After with 3 failed firings in a row & finding both thermocouple wiring problem & relay problem I was curious how others approach kiln maintenance? I thought about replacing all relays on a schedule rather than waiting for a failure"
Nov 18, 2014
Brent Farler joined George Lewter's group
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Group Studio Managers

This group is for those who have a hand in managing ceramic guilds, open studios, teaching studios, or want to expand their private studios to bring in another revenue stream. The struggle to stay afloat is a critical issue. Here you can consult with others who face the same challenges.See More
Nov 18, 2014
Brent Farler replied to Michael Wetzel's discussion Iron Reds
"Amazing"
Aug 22, 2014
Brent Farler replied to Michael Wetzel's discussion Reds
"I switched to a type 'S' thermocouple which made all f this much easier to achieve consistently. Thanks Norm for reminding us on the calcium phosphorous impact - this is a very small percentage but important so I am not sure that the…"
Aug 22, 2014
Donna Kat replied to Brent Farler's discussion Ron Roy article on Custer Feldspar and adjusting recipes
"Good to have.  Thanks."
Jul 8, 2014
Brent Farler replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion silicon carbide in red reduction glazes for an oxidation environment?
"Did you ever try?"
Jul 5, 2014
Brent Farler posted a discussion

Ron Roy article on Custer Feldspar and adjusting recipes

I came across this article on Facebook and found it a good explanation of the changes to Custer Feldspar as the mine has dug further back and the chemical composition has changed.  Namely the K has dropped.  I think you will find this article helpful in adjusting recipes with CusterSee More
Jun 28, 2014

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
wheel thrown functional work. Cone 6 Ox. Love to experiment with different glazes and recipes.
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
Student and studio potter. Currently experimenting with Cone 6 line blends and trying to learn as much as possible. Currently reading Ian Currie's 'Understanding Stoneware Glazes'. Have experimented a lot with 'Mastering Cone 6 Glazes' Ron Roy.
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