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Is Alumina Hydrate the same as Kaolin?

I'm confused by what I'm reading in various places.  I have a glaze recipe that calls for Kaolin.  Are there any acceptable substitute?  Th…

Started by Chantay Poulsen

3 Jun 2, 2014
Reply by Norm Stuart


I've found Bentone-EW has incredible suspending power compared with VeeGum or bentonite. And best of all it doesn't lump together in cold w…

Started by Norm Stuart

1 May 15, 2014
Reply by Chantay Poulsen


So I have a recipe that calls for the above.  Upon searching you come up with various answers, but the bottom line is that it is copper oxi…

Started by Jeff Poulter

3 Mar 28, 2014
Reply by Norm Stuart

Alberta Slip II

I was reading on Pottery.About.Com that Albany Slip II is really Ravenscrag Slip & I was thinking that that just doesn't sound right.  …

Started by Jeff Poulter

2 Mar 28, 2014
Reply by Jeff Poulter

Mastering Cone 6 Glazes

After reading "Mastering Cone 6 Glazes" I wanted an easy reference to the example glazes. Click here to purchase an  eBook  version of thi…

Started by Norm Stuart

3 Feb 17, 2014
Reply by cp dunbar

Stocking Your Studio with Glaze Materials

How much to stock is a question that has to be considered and balanced by  variables such as: your production output, studio space availab…

Started by George Lewter

7 Jun 13, 2013
Reply by Norm Stuart



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