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Silky Matte - Digitalfire - Tony Hansen

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wyndham Dennison Sep 5. 9 Replies

In this month's Digitalfire Newsletter Tony Hansen suggests a Silky Matte Glaze which resists cutlery marks can be…Continue

Tags: cutlery, mark, free, hansen, tony

Kiln Controller Bartlett Genesis LT-3140

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Stuart Dec 1. 19 Replies

I just installed the new Bartlett Genesis LT-3140 kiln controller in our kiln and are validating the first firing with "witness cones".If anyone has any questions on the Genesis Cone Fire controller…Continue

Tags: 3140, Genesis, Bartlett, Controller, Kiln

Type-S thermocouple

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Stuart Jul 2, 2016. 4 Replies

Is in Germany the least expensive place to purchase a Type-S thermocouple?The €95.80 price, roughly $107, is well less than half the…Continue

Warm Glass

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Stuart Aug 6, 2016. 14 Replies

Has anyone else fused frit into a glass bowl?We've been asked to do a glass project, which is apparently called "warm glass" being fired only to 1,250 to 1,450 F with an hour long annealing hold at…Continue


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Norm Stuart replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Kiln Controller Bartlett Genesis LT-3140
"I know from experience it's very important to use a shielded lead wire with the lower-voltage Type S thermocouples to avoid picking up stray interference from the heating elements. Years ago we initially used the leads for the Type-K…"
Dec 1
David Woodin replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Kiln Controller Bartlett Genesis LT-3140
"Have you had any problems with stray coming in on the thermocouple, around 1500 F and causing controller problems. David"
Dec 1
Norm Stuart replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Kiln Controller Bartlett Genesis LT-3140
"I'm glad to hear software version 3.18.9 solved your firing accuracy problems as it did ours. This version also enabled "Copy and Paste" to make custom programming easier, and added a couple of features in "Novice Mode"…"
Nov 20
David Woodin replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Kiln Controller Bartlett Genesis LT-3140
"The latest 3.18.9 software seems to have solved my problem with the controller. David"
Nov 20
David Woodin replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Kiln Controller Bartlett Genesis LT-3140
"Thanks for your information Norm.  Dave Bartlett said the 935 download is for their experimental firmware and the 3.18.9 is a good software for my controller.  I installed it and am firing a kiln with shelves and posts and self supporting…"
Nov 20
Norm Stuart commented on Diane Lublinski's photo


"You've made really exceptional art."
Nov 18
Norm Stuart replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Kiln Controller Bartlett Genesis LT-3140
"I assume 3.18.9 solves the problem you're experiencing as it did for us. I don't know what was going on in the PID software, but it seemed like variations in power output were too constrained which forfeited accuracy. If it's current,…"
Nov 18
David Woodin replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Kiln Controller Bartlett Genesis LT-3140
"I am still having problems with the Genesis controller.  Dave Bartlett is going to send me info on how to get some files off the controller and send to him and he also is interested in the chart recordings I will send him.  In the meantime…"
Nov 18
Joseph Fireborn commented on Norm Stuart's photo


"Chantay, the original recipe breaks black anywhere it is thin. I think my application was just thinner than the one Norm had posted. "
Nov 16
Chantay Poulsen commented on Norm Stuart's photo


"Joseph, have you tested this on a white stoneware?  Did you mention what clay your using? I' m infatuated with the black where it breaks."
Nov 16
Norm Stuart replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Kiln Controller Bartlett Genesis LT-3140
"A PID working correctly varies the heat output constantly to keep the measured temperature as close as possible to setpoint - as you can see in the graph of powder output produced by the current Beta software for the Genesis. Our studio and Bartlett…"
Nov 15
David Woodin replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Kiln Controller Bartlett Genesis LT-3140
"I have the Genesis controller and had trouble with the way it way controlling. When I called Bartlett saying I wanted to return the controller, I was immediately put thru to Dave Bartlett, and after giving him the information off the controller,…"
Nov 15
Joseph Fireborn commented on Norm Stuart's photo


"Yes. It is the "new" orange street. But with some silicon carbide and 24% RIO instead of 12."
Nov 8
Norm Stuart commented on Norm Stuart's photo


"I've never seen the yellow coloration before.   This is using the "New Orange Street"? The one with the lower 7.3:1 Si:Al ratio so it doesn't run? Increasing amounts of alumina reduce crystallization just as it reduced…"
Nov 6
Joseph Fireborn commented on Norm Stuart's photo


"I did some experimenting with Orange Street. I ran several Currie grid test with increasing amounts of RIO. Up to 24%. I also added .8% silicon carbide. Mostly to see what the results would be as alumina and silica ratios change. I found some…"
Nov 6

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
I threw a couple of bowls in junior high school and have thrown none since.

Four years ago I got volunteered as a "chemist" for the non-profit community ceramic studio my husband manages. Since being drafted, I've found some time to craft some sculptural works.
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
Apprentice Glaze Chemist

I originally made all the glazes at our outdoor studio. Now an expanded team of glaze makers bring us old favorites and new creations.

Four years ago we replaced our kiln sitter with a computer controlled kiln, a Bartlett V6-CF controller modified slightly for Cress.

What a difference it makes, being able to program several hour 200 F pre-heats, using a pre-programmed Cone-Fire, or adding slow-cooling to ^6 firings, all with the ease of microwave oven like controls.
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?
Sharing ceramic glaze ideas and happy accidents.

I've taken photos of just about every experiment we've done at our studio, and this website seems like the ideal place to share them with others contemplating similar ceramic variations.
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The secret of Magnetic organization from our friend Lawrence Weathers

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 12:30am 3 Comments

What I need now is a device which prevents studio members from dropping tools and valuable extruder parts in our washing tub which collects clay and heavy metals from glaze for disposal.

Going through the muck prior to disposal is always a treasure hunt.

Never Misplace a Tool Again!

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Posted on February 11, 2015 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

A year ago I watched this video of the UK ceramicist Takeshi Yasuda working in the porcelain city of Jingdezhen China.

As amazing as it was to see those workshops in action, I now learn that virtually all of the ceramic…


Wedgwood ceramic archive - potential break-up and sale

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 11:00pm 3 Comments

I was very informed about ceramics by a sections of Josiah Wedgewood's Kiln Journal written while developing their original Jasperware, "Trial 136 Success!"  It's sad to see this.

Stoke museum's collection of pioneering potter, described as 'unparalleled' by Unesco, due to be sold to meet pension debts.…


Computerized Clay Extruders and Throwers

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

"Wired" magazine has an interesting article on the new way to throw or sculpt clay, featuring Dutch artist Oliver van Herpt.…


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At 10:18am on December 14, 2016, Frederick Johnson said…

Norm, I like your posts on Materials Science from Alfred University. Unfortunately the link(s) don't work. Any ideas?



At 7:24pm on October 27, 2015, Randy McCall said…

Norm I see an Antique White on the Lakeside Pottery web site  but no recipe.  That is the one I am talking about.

At 6:03pm on October 27, 2015, Randy McCall said…

Norm would like to try your antique white if you don't mind since you have used some of my glazes.  Would greatly appreciate it.  I used a similar glaze in gas but have not been able to find one like that in electric.

At 2:11am on July 22, 2015, Chantay Poulsen said…
I found all the Alberta Slip glaze recipes on the Plainsman clay website. The base glaze looks good on white clay too. I look forward to trying out more of them.
At 9:22am on July 24, 2014, Deborah Bassett-Maxwell said…
The yellow is a Tony Hanson 20 x 5 glaze. I can send the recipe to you when I get to my studio this morning.
At 3:52pm on June 4, 2014, Ersatz Soubriquet said…

Oh,  and one alias that wasn't me, but I wish had been, was 'Borax Fritz', back in probably 1980 in the pages of... Ceramics Monthly?

At 3:50pm on June 4, 2014, Ersatz Soubriquet said…

Norm, I've had a heap of aliases, Bogus Cognomen is another of them...

I kind of like being somewhat masked, and though I've been a potter a long time, I'm just restarting, and this cone 6 world is one I'll have to learn, and I'll make stupid mistakes, my glaze notebooks were lost in a flood, but hey, they were mostly cone 10 anyway.

I'll probably come out of hiding pretty soon.

Back in the day... we potters had to meet up, some were generous, some secretive, I'm so very pleased to see the spirit of open sharing, mutual help, and support that is out there on the internet for potters. I hope I'll be as helpful in the community.

At 9:21am on June 11, 2013, Denice E. Demuth said…

Norm that's sounds like a toxic mess and a lot more complicated.  I have hit on a nice metallic look using the Flaky Lime Green glaze on Laguna's brown clay that looks black at C6.  I have only used it on tiles and pour the glaze over them to keep a even consistent finish.  I have seen the metallic clay at the Fort Worth NECCA I think that was around 97-98.  It was a new product then and very pricey.  Denice

At 8:59am on June 7, 2013, Denice E. Demuth said…

Norm you definitely keep the forum interesting, have you done any electroforming. A newcomer on the Ceramics Monthly Forum was wanting to know if anyone else was using that technique.  I vaguely remember it from some ancient Ceramic Monthly magazines that are on discs.  I won't be trying it but it is very interesting.  I still make you own glazes and experiment with them but try to stay away from most chemicals because of my M.S.  Denice



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