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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…

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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…

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Gelling with Gerstley - Not a fun dance routine

My glazes have been acting ...... peculiar ,   lately. and I read this on Facebook.  Please consider the source, so I come here for verific…

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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 Education

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Ruined cups

Can someone please tell me why every cup on the left side of the kiln bloated and cracked on the bottom while every cup on the right side o…

Started by Robert spicer in Firing Techniques

2 Apr 17
Reply by Norm Stuart

Colemanite and spodumene in glazes

Hallo, Is there anyone who can give me some advice on using colemanite and spodumene in glazes? I have read that use of colemanite can caus…

Started by Luca in Glazes - Theory and Chemistry

1 Mar 6
Reply by Norm Stuart

New recipes I would like to try. Ideas or advice?

I bought the different dry raw materials and a precise scale, for this reason this time I weighed the ingredients precisely. However, I sti…

Started by Luca in Glazes - Recipe Exchange

2 Feb 27
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Wood ash from pellet stove

Is there anyone who uses the ash produced by pellet stoves and has experience on its use? I'm wondering if there are any problems using thi…

Started by Luca in Glazes - Theory and Chemistry

2 Feb 27
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Trying posting photos

Started by Luca in Network User Guide

1 Feb 20
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Have you ever tried crater glaze?

I've tried a lot of methods, and the most similar recipe is. Glass 70. Kaolin 30. Fine silicon carbide 1. Copper carbonate 5. The effect is…

Started by meiniye in Network User Guide

3 Feb 20
Reply by Luca

First experiment with wood ash glazes

Last year I decided to resume my passion for modeling clay and in particular stoneware and porcelain clay.  I decided to specialize in sing…

Started by Luca in Glazes - Development and Adjustment

0 Feb 20

Materials substitution

can Gillespie borate be substituted for gerstley borate

Started by Robert spicer in Network User Guide

1 Dec 18, 2020
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