George Lewter
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Light Rutile Substitute

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judith Stoudmann Mar 7, 2017. 11 Replies

Blender 3-d Software for Design and 2-d Pattern Making

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erik Evans Mar 4, 2016. 1 Reply

 

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At 12:01pm on March 7, 2018, Paula Diaz-Sylvester said…

I have several step by step abums in my facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/potterybypd

I also have a video, showing how I used the technique to decorate tiles

https://www.facebook.com/potterybypd/videos/773951149442473/

If you don't have a facebook account, you can see the video in youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpiA8l26tqA

At 9:24am on January 10, 2018, Colleen O'Reilly said…

Hello George,  I used your Turquoise Matte recipe on a totem of mine...it looks fantastic.  Thank you so much.  Would like to leave a pic but don't know how to.  Thank you, Colleen O'Reilly.

At 12:52am on April 12, 2017, Tumay Erman said…

Hi George ,thank you for like I m very  glad to be in this group now .Greetings from Turkey .

At 1:35am on November 15, 2016, Norm Stuart said…

The link is at the top left of the webpage. Click on Members, then Supporting Members. Then the button Click to Become a Supporting Member Now.

At 6:58pm on November 14, 2016, Debbie said…

How do I pay my $9.00

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
Now that I've retired from my day job, I'm hoping my work in clay will provide a little secondary income, or at a minimum, pay for itself. I studied ceramics at San Francisco State University in the early 70s, and then tried to scratch out a living as a potter for several years, and finally went on to other pursuits where I could actually earn a living. For the next 30 years I never touched any plastic clay.
In 2004 I took a 10 week class at the Greater Lansing Potters Guild in Michigan, and discovered that I still really enjoy working with clay. I have taken several more classes and slowly put together a basement studio with an electric kiln, a small slab roller, and a used electric wheel.
My early experience was in the cone 10 reduction, gas-fired arena.
I founded the cone6pots network in the Spring of 2008 to provide a rich, highly interactive, online meeting place for mid-fire potters. The first couple of years saw very slow growth of membership, but now we're adding members at about fifty a month.
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
The switch to cone 6 oxidation has led me in a whole new direction of glaze development, and it took me the best part of a year to start getting some results that I felt were acceptable. I have tested several hundred glaze recipes off the Internet, and from the books of Michael Baily, and John Hesselberth.
Using an aftermarket programmable kiln controller has allowed me much more control of my firing cycles and improved my results immensely. My introduction to single firing in 2009 has been a great boost my creative energy by compressing the creative process and making glazing more integral with the forming process instead being divorced from the raw clay processes. Attending a Steven Hill workshop in the fall of 2009 helped refocus my work on glazes that interact in complex ways and hover on the edge between chaos and control.
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?
Great interactions with other members. An online community of friends that will spill over into the real world.
Where do you work on your ceramics projects?
home studio
How did you find this network?
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Spray Booth v. 2.0

"Hey, George, a little detail, please: Is it a single fan for both kiln and booth?  What kind of a fan is it? Do you close down one side when using the other? Just curious."
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Denice E. Demuth commented on George Lewter's photo
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Spray Booth v. 2.0

"I like the way you have the ventilation plumbed into kiln ventilation system.   I will have to remember this if I decide to put a spray booth in.  I don't do much spraying, when I do I find a big cardboard box and cut a hole in…"
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Studio Emerges

"Drive-up loading is possibly the most underrated luxury.  Gotta have it."
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New Studio in Michigan 2018

"Hey, congratulations!  New spaces are just the best.  A lot of work, I'm sure, but it's very exciting."
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Cone 6 Glaze Testing & Reporting

Collaborate on building an online list of well documented glaze recipes, with application and firing methods. Strong photo documentation. Only glazes that are mature at cone 6 will be included.Testing the glazes, and identifying their problems and fixing them. Also, if there are obvious issues just by looking at a glaze recipe (like high barium, insufficient clay to suspend or harden, too much feldspar (which causes crazing), too much clay (causing crawling, peeling), hard-to-get materials,…See More
Jun 10
George Lewter posted a status
"Reassembling my L&L eQuad Pro in my new location :-) Will be turning the wheel pretty soon now."
May 19
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Online Glaze Calculation and Theory

Max Katz of Alfred University runs interactive 3 month classes in his understanding glaze materials workshop. You can watch some of his videos on YouTube and get a sense of his teaching style and and level of expertise. Sample this video to see the depth of the materials. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyLjAg1_8_4The 14 lectures from the class are available on a stand-a-lone basis for $300 USAn organized…See More
May 19
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Cone 6 Glaze Testing & Reporting

Collaborate on building an online list of well documented glaze recipes, with application and firing methods. Strong photo documentation. Only glazes that are mature at cone 6 will be included.Testing the glazes, and identifying their problems and fixing them. Also, if there are obvious issues just by looking at a glaze recipe (like high barium, insufficient clay to suspend or harden, too much feldspar (which causes crazing), too much clay (causing crawling, peeling), hard-to-get materials,…See More
May 17
George Lewter and Rod Haaland are now friends
May 10
George Lewter left a comment for Rod Haaland
"The Gallery Lodge is near Kasilof on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula about half way down to Homer. I did a blog post about the event at http://cone6pots.ning.com/profiles/blogs/alaska-claycation-2017-wrapped-up The lodge guests are mainly into…"
May 6
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Gallery Lodge - Home of the 2017 Alaska Claycation

"Hi George. I'm intrigued by your photo. Alaska Claycation. Where is this? "
May 5
Barbara Hanselman replied to George Lewter's discussion Pete's Weathered Bronze (Green)
"Pete’s Seafoam Glaze ^5/6 9.6% Ferro Frit 3134 51.3% Feldspar-Kona F4 25.5% Strontium Carbonate 12% EPK ADD: 5.0%  Copper Carb 5.0%  Titanium Dioxide 2.0%    Bentonite  "
May 2
Joan Scott replied to George Lewter's discussion Pete's Weathered Bronze (Green)
"What is the colorant for seafoam as compared to bronze? I have a strong blue with 1% cobalt carb. and 3 % copper carb"
May 2
George Lewter replied to josi rica's discussion diamond discs
"120 grit is good for quickly flat lapping the foot, so a piece will sit flat on a table or counter without rocking, and for taking off rough sand or grog in the clay that will scratch tables.  220 or higher will smooth the surface to a very…"
Apr 21
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Fire It Once

Single Fire for Fun, Profit, and a Smaller Carbon Footprint
Mar 28
George Lewter replied to josi rica's discussion diamond discs
"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 "
Mar 22
Carmillia Kimmel joined George Lewter's group
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Cone 6 Glaze Testing & Reporting

Collaborate on building an online list of well documented glaze recipes, with application and firing methods. Strong photo documentation. Only glazes that are mature at cone 6 will be included.Testing the glazes, and identifying their problems and fixing them. Also, if there are obvious issues just by looking at a glaze recipe (like high barium, insufficient clay to suspend or harden, too much feldspar (which causes crazing), too much clay (causing crawling, peeling), hard-to-get materials,…See More
Mar 15
Carmillia Kimmel 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
Mar 15
George Lewter replied to Donna Kat's discussion Finding the perfect clear in the group Insight-Live User Group
"I recommend this glaze. I have never seen it cloudy, yellow, or blue, (though it will sometimes trap tiny air bubbles). I use it exclusively on my slip decorated pieces, As you can see on this link, I've used it for 8 years Recipe Name:…"
Mar 10

George Lewter's Blog

Alaska Claycation 2017 Wrapped Up

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

I had intended to post frequently during the retreat, but we stayed so busy with our activities that I kept putting it off. Then suddenly, it was over. The Gallery Lodge in Kasilof, Alaska was a magnificent location for our event, and the accommodations were first class.

Dot was in the…

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Claycation is a Happening Thing

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 12:36pm 0 Comments

Arrived in Anchorage yesterday and the drive down to Kasilof was spectacular. Dot's Gallery Lodge is far better than I was expecting. We'll use the garage as our studio, but she has a new studio under construction that will be a strong community gathering point for many years. I'm so glad I met her in Fort Lauderdale two years ago. Watch this space for more as we have our Alaska clay experience. The retreat starts tomorrow.…

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Impressions of the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and Its Sponsored Studio Tour Feb. 2017

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 3:55am 2 Comments

In February I heard about a major ceramic studio tour in Phoenix AZ, and decided to make an overnight trip to visit the studios and to take in the ASU Ceramic Research Center Museum, with what is widely recognized as the best collection of ceramic art, from the 1950s through the present, in the United States. I was amazed by the variety and quality…

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Adjustable Slump molds

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 6:47pm 2 Comments

I got a chance to try one last winter at MIY Ceramics and Glass in Hollywood, Florida, and knew I wanted one of my own. 

This is set up to make a platter or shallow bowl with a mouth 12" long by 8" wide. The depth is 1 3/8". The mold sections slide in pairs allowing you to set any…

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Personal Melodrama

Posted on June 13, 2015 at 10:05am 5 Comments

I have always tried to keep non-ceramic commentary off of the cone6pots network, but since many of you are friends, I am breaking my rule for this one bit of news.

Elaine Lewter, my wife of thirty-one years, passed away peacefully early this morning. She was the mother of our two fine sons, Jesse…

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