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"Thanks Joseph, I did try glazing one at past leather hard and had similar results. I…"

Tom Humphries replied Jun 30, 2016 to Once firing alumina replacement

11 Jul 5, 2016
Reply by Norm Stuart

"I think calcined alumina would be more suitable actually due to the hydrates large l…"

Tom Humphries replied Jun 29, 2016 to Once firing alumina replacement

11 Jul 5, 2016
Reply by Norm Stuart

"Wow big difference, they both look nice though!"

Tom Humphries replied Nov 12, 2015 to What a difference the choice of clay makes.

12 Aug 13, 2016
Reply by George Lewter

"Thanks Norm, I think the 'assure the final fit' idea was the reason I had in mind wh…"

Tom Humphries replied Nov 4, 2015 to Firing pots with lids on

3 Nov 4, 2015
Reply by Norm Stuart

"Working my way through these, some good stuff here Norm, thanks!"

Tom Humphries replied Oct 29, 2015 to Alfred University Fundamentals of Ceramics

13 May 3
Reply by cp dunbar

"Aww I just wrote a reply and lost it somehow before posting... Quickly again - Than…"

Tom Humphries replied Sep 25, 2015 to Microwave Compatible Ceramics

4 Sep 25, 2015
Reply by Joseph Fireborn

"Thanks Norm, the line:  "Oxidation copper blues work best in high alkaline, low alu…"

Tom Humphries replied Jun 25, 2015 to copper blues in oxidisation

7 Jun 25, 2015
Reply by Norm Stuart

"Thanks Norm but I'm a bit confused by your photo, are the two on the left the same g…"

Tom Humphries replied Jun 20, 2015 to copper blues in oxidisation

7 Jun 25, 2015
Reply by Norm Stuart

"Thanks for the info Norm, hopefully I can pick up some glaze materials over the next…"

Tom Humphries replied Apr 25, 2015 to Cone 6 tests with Digital Fire Bases

6 Apr 26, 2015
Reply by Norm Stuart

"I've been busy the last 6 months building a house extension, just getting back into…"

Tom Humphries replied Apr 24, 2015 to Cone 6 tests with Digital Fire Bases

6 Apr 26, 2015
Reply by Norm Stuart

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