George Lewter
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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…

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

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
How did you find this network?
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George Lewter replied to John Post's discussion I am teaching an online Ian Currie Grid Glaze course
"I moved your picture inline of the article for graphic impact. If this is an issue I will set it back on your objection."
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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 20
George Lewter replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion Recommended electric potters wheels in the group Group Studio Managers
"I don't have a Thomas Stuart Legend, but it is at the top of my wish list. I love the quiet, nearly vibrationless power, at all speeds."
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Oct 19
George Lewter left a comment for John Post
"We never met in Michigan. Perhaps we'll meet in Arizona. I winter in Tucson. Phoenix is a hotbed of ceramic activity in the winter with the ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center  & Studio Tour."
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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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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
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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
Oct 4
Norm Stuart replied to George Lewter's discussion The Companion Glazes - Modifiers and Complements to SCM in the group Steven Hill Oxidation Project
"After trying different variations of Jen's Juicy Fruit, I concluded it was a glaze / over-glaze which needed to be used at higher temperatures than Cone 6. At Cone 6 Jen's Juicy Fruit is more of an ugly brown engobe.  Altering the…"
Sep 29
Cathleen Sullivan commented on George Lewter's blog post Alaska Claycation 2017 Wrapped Up
"Thank you to George Lewter for making this our first unconference-like claycation.  It was great!  Thank you to hosts Dot and Bob of the Gallery Lodge in Kasilof, Alaska: You two are amazing folks!  Dot, you are truly a…"
Sep 3
George Lewter posted a blog post

Alaska Claycation 2017 Wrapped Up

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 throes of building a studio on the grounds, and…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 17
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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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Tim O'Neill joined George Lewter's group
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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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Chantal Parisien joined George Lewter's group
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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 3

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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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.

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

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