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Light Rutile Substitute

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judith Stoudmann Mar 7. 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

What a difference the choice of clay makes.

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Lewter Aug 13, 2016. 12 Replies

 

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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…

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

How do I pay my $9.00

At 2:24pm on October 25, 2016, Tom Anderson said…

Hi George:

Thought you might like to know that I have been discussing with Ron Roy; the possibility of republishing his book, along with John Hesselberth. Lots of hurdles to jump, but we are looking into it. I asked him if he could add some new recipes, and add a section on diagnosing and fixing glaze issues. My wife owns part of a publishing company: so we are hopeful to get this done. Not sure about the feasibility, but I think its worth taking a look at.

Tom

At 2:33pm on October 23, 2016, Sandy James said…

Hi George,

Tucson will be wonderful in winter.  I live in Pine up north but do visit Phoenix for a few weeks in January and it would be great to meet.  I am usually staying with a potter friend so if you came up to Phoenix you could met several potters in that area.   Lets see what we can do to connect.  Cheers,

Sandy James

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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
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Steven Hill Oxidation Project

Achieving atmospheric glaze effects in electric kilns at mid-fire temperatures, through the layering of sprayed glazes. The starting point recipes are given in two discussions "Strontium Crystal Magic . . ." and "The Companion Glazes"See More
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Steven Hill Oxidation Project

Achieving atmospheric glaze effects in electric kilns at mid-fire temperatures, through the layering of sprayed glazes. The starting point recipes are given in two discussions "Strontium Crystal Magic . . ." and "The Companion Glazes"See More
Aug 14
George Lewter posted a blog post

Claycation is a Happening Thing

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.…See More
Aug 14
George Lewter left a comment for Erik Evans
"Kudos on the August newsletter. Very interesting."
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Steven Hill Oxidation Project

Achieving atmospheric glaze effects in electric kilns at mid-fire temperatures, through the layering of sprayed glazes. The starting point recipes are given in two discussions "Strontium Crystal Magic . . ." and "The Companion Glazes"See More
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Steven Hill Oxidation Project

Achieving atmospheric glaze effects in electric kilns at mid-fire temperatures, through the layering of sprayed glazes. The starting point recipes are given in two discussions "Strontium Crystal Magic . . ." and "The Companion Glazes"See More
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Steven Hill Oxidation Project

Achieving atmospheric glaze effects in electric kilns at mid-fire temperatures, through the layering of sprayed glazes. The starting point recipes are given in two discussions "Strontium Crystal Magic . . ." and "The Companion Glazes"See More
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Steven Hill Oxidation Project

Achieving atmospheric glaze effects in electric kilns at mid-fire temperatures, through the layering of sprayed glazes. The starting point recipes are given in two discussions "Strontium Crystal Magic . . ." and "The Companion Glazes"See More
Jul 28
Norm Stuart replied to George Lewter's discussion Penland Red-Orange posted by Michele Hartung 6/29/2011
"Crocus Martis has two explanations. The first explanation was it was a natural hydrated iron ore, purple-blue in color, from an African mine, which hasn't been available for at least 35 years. I tend to believe this explanation and have…"
Jul 2
Sofia Donovan replied to George Lewter's discussion Penland Red-Orange posted by Michele Hartung 6/29/2011
"What ingredient is Crocus Martis? I live in Chile and need a substitute for it."
Jul 1
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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 21
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Have a guest room and want to meet other ceramic artists? Put them up for a night or two and feed them breakfast for $15 per night. List your self as a host.Traveling and wanting to spend a night or two with other ceramic artists? Contact the member(s) in the area you are visiting or passing through. See More
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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 12
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Soda Jug

"Very nice!"
Jun 10
Marina Reijsmeijer (Kleierij) commented on George Lewter's page Fast Five Glaze Testing
"I have used this method for years after reading about it in Robin Hopper's The Ceramic Spectrum (2nd edition page 187). It is indeed very useful."
May 27
Louise Buth commented on George Lewter's page Fast Five Glaze Testing
"Thanks for a very useful idea! I'll share it with my fellow clay enthusiasts at SACA in Arizona! It's very clever & so wonderfully low-tech!"
May 23
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Rehbein

"beautiful work, piece in center very cosmic"
May 21
Erik Evans commented on George Lewter's photo
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Rehbein

"Wow.  Lovely.  I sometimes wish I could throw so loosely, so free.  It's as if maker and material decided to get to this point together! "
May 20
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"Header Image for May Newsletter was from Catherine Rehbein. Here is a photo of her work from my collection."
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George Lewter's Blog

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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Note to Self -- Do Not Devalue Basic Techniques

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 12:48am 2 Comments

I have found myself from time to time scoffing at some nice pots that were dipped in two overlapping glazes. The technique is seemingly taught to every beginning pottery student on their first day of glazing instruction. The fact is that some very interesting results can spring from the technique, given glazes that are attractive on their own, and that are suited to layering one over the other.

Yesterday I was very pleased how Glazing 101 technique worked for me with 3…

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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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