Cyndy shorter
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Any recommendations for a potter's wheel?

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Lewter Jun 5, 2015. 5 Replies

Okay Ladies and Gents,  I've been at a school of the arts for almost 3 years and have been using their equipment in exchange for teaching classes. It has worked well, but I am finding that I am…Continue

Raku kiln from an old electric kiln

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ersatz Soubriquet Jun 10, 2014. 8 Replies

After several attempts to keep them going, I have two kilns that I have been told have too much age and need too much work. (Some of you know that I teach at a non-profit art school and rely on…Continue

Fool-(or should I say kid) proof transparent glaze........anyone have a suggestion?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nadine Mercader May 24, 2014. 8 Replies

My studio has begun offering classes to young, potential potters who have lots of great ideas. Unfortunately when they decorate with oxides and then want to over-glaze with a clear, the oxides run.…Continue

Flocculating and deflocculating

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharon Canfield Jun 17. 22 Replies

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 recently mixed the blue green/ red copper glaze listed on the…Continue

 

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Sharon Canfield replied to Cyndy shorter's discussion Flocculating and deflocculating
"Thank you Norm for that explanation!"
Jun 17
Norm Stuart replied to Cyndy shorter's discussion Flocculating and deflocculating
"Ammonium sulfate and calcium chloride are both hygroscopic which means they readily dissolve in the moisture they absorb out of the air. Left to it's own devices in an open container ammonium sulfate becomes a jar of water with 40% ammonium…"
Jun 17
Sharon Canfield replied to Cyndy shorter's discussion Flocculating and deflocculating
"How do you make up a concentrated ammonium sulfate mix to use as a flocculant? ie how much water to ammonium sulfate? Does it dissolve in cold water?"
Jun 17

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
I took my first class in March of 2013 with Lee Taylor, a potter who specializes in wood firing. Then I took his next class in May and was caught, hook, line, and sinker. After spending three days assisting him with his wood kiln, I know that route is too labor intensive when I have a full time job in addition to pottery. The local nonprofit art school was open to allowing me access to the pottery studio along with two other classmates. Next thing I know, I am mixing and testing glazes and studying every youtube video on technique. Last fall I was asked to take over the management of the studio.
I am still learning, still studying, still asking questions. I've got a long way to go. Heading to a week-long workshop with Steven Hill June 15th.........then a raku workshop July 15th.
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
Life long learner! I am constantly looking for glaze recipes, kiln maintenance videos, and helping to get a pottery program up and running at a non-profit art school.
All our content is viewable by the public. Why do you want to be a member, when you can already see everything as a non-member?
To expand my horizons in regards to electric kiln firing. I have only been potting for 1 year and have somehow managed to have an entire studio dropped in my lap. I love it, but have a lot to learn!
Where do you work on your ceramics projects?
School or college
How did you find this network?
Link or reference from another site

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At 2:09pm on December 10, 2014, cp dunbar said…

thank you for your help

i did get an email reply also, but you must be friends before you are allowed to send questions directly to someone.

Guess it keeps us from bothering the "celebrity's"  :)

there is a listing of your friends present, so that you can easily find people  you like

/tips hat

cp

At 3:46pm on October 16, 2014, Brenda B Hardt said…

I will post a couple of pics.

Wondering if you get a email notice of my activity here... is that what being friends means at Cone 6?

 
 
 

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Low cost flat lapping disc can be used on you potters wheel if you, drill bat pin holes in it, and provide a trickle of water to cool it. At amazon.com, 120 grit for aggressive material removal. Click the image to purchase 

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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.

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

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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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