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Alfred University Fundamentals of Ceramics

Twelve Lectures explaining the science behind ceramic materials and firing them - everything but glaze making. > > > Download Lin…

Started by Norm Stuart in Ceramic Materials EducationLatest Reply

Replacing Materials that Are No Longer Produced or Have Changed Greatly

In the last couple of decades we have seen a number of materials that were in widespread use by potters suddenly go out of production. One…

Started by George Lewter in Ceramic Materials EducationLatest Reply

Testing Glazes for Durability, Fit, and Toxicity on Functional Ware

Testing glaze toxicity, fit, and durability can be a two tiered process. You can run a number of tests at home with very limited equipment…

Started by Liz Gamelin in Glazes - Theory and ChemistryLatest Reply

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Buying my first kiln

Hello all, I will be buying my first kiln ever in a few months and I was wondering if I could get some advice.  I want to fire at cone 6. M…

Started by Olga Biff in Network User Guide

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Wash Application

Hi! How do I apply washes to enhance the look of a glaze? Could you recommend any good online tutorial or have any tips to share? For what…

Started by Olga Biff in Glazes - Application Techniques

5 Feb 2
Reply by Kathleen Scott

Bisque cycle for heavily grogged clay

Hello, I usually bisque my clay at 980C. I am thinking of changing to a heavy grog clay for bigger sculptural pieces. So, the higher the gr…

Started by Olga Biff in Ceramic Materials Education

0 Jan 17

S-type thermo couple

So between the house building and moving and 2 open heart surgeries, I have not been involved in pottery for awhile.  All my kilns are stac…

Started by Jeff Poulter in Pottery Equipment

0 Jan 16

Glaze Crawling Problem

Any idea why the glaze is moving like this? I mixed a large quantity of this glaze early year and I have been using it since. In the past I…

Started by RS in Network User Guide

7 Jan 7
Reply by RS

Wadding

Wadding, as used in wood firings etc. Does it shrink at all when fired, and would it also shrink if fired to ^6 in an electric kiln? Just t…

Started by Ayjay in Uncategorized

0 Nov 22, 2019

wash glazes

Hello everybody, can anyone tell me what does it mean ' wash glazes '? is it  a transparent glaze? Thank you for your answer  jori from Bel…

Started by josi rica in Network User Guide

6 Sep 24, 2019
Reply by josi rica

Firing question re Crystalline Glazes

I'm planning to test a couple of crystalline glazes. I don't really want a whole kiln full of test pots, nor a kiln with just a couple of p…

Started by Ayjay in Firing Techniques

2 Sep 19, 2019
Reply by Ayjay

Darvan/dispersant & slip ..is that the need 4 non-Newtonian thixotropic character reversel in wheelwork.

We have a lot of recycled white slip waste offcuts which I have tried to get to a point through the pugmill to be able to do wheelwork . I…

Started by Andre Johann Strydom in Continuing Education

1 Aug 14, 2019
Reply by Norm Stuart

Kiln shelves what is best?

We are needing new kiln shelves and there are so many different kinds now.  We are wondering what others are finding work best for Cone 6 f…

Started by Sharon Canfield in Pottery Equipment

0 Aug 5, 2019

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