Help Us Organize C6P Glaze Education Days - - - January 15 - February 28, 2015

Please volunteer to present an article designed to help our ceramic artists navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of glaze development. (PLEASE DO NOT PUBLISH YOUR ARTICLE UNTIL THE START OF THE EVENT ON JANUARY 15, 2015, but by all means go ahead and promote it.)

A few topics that could be very helpful to members:

  • basic glaze chemistry - weight percentages, unity, and molar formulas and how each is or is not useful.
  • What are limit formulas
  • glaze room safety
  • clear strategies for substituting raw materials
  • methodology for creating a glaze that is economical and free of defects
  • step-by-step testing methods and when to use which (fast five, line blends, triaxle, and currie grids)
  • getting comfortable with Insight-Live glaze recipe database
  • firing schedules
  • glaze combinations that work together

What topics are you interested in, where online information is scant or very hard to find? Providing well described links to good, existing information is as useful, and far easier than starting from scratch.

Half a dozen committed facilitators could turn this event into the liveliest interaction yet on the cone6pots network. If the interest is sufficient, we can utilize web meeting technology for live sessions (Skype for small groups and webx for larger groups.  

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What a great site!!!!  Can't wait for all the discussions.  Thanks

I am also new to the forum and looking forward to the contributions to this topic. 

I would appreciate if someone could address the planning process for purchasing materials. I'd like to mix a few basic glazes in three to four gallon quantities but am lost figuring out how much of various materials to purchase to cover my needs. Anything about how you all plan your supplies and set yourselves up would be a help. 

Karen Hancock said:

I am also new to the forum and looking forward to the contributions to this topic. 

I would appreciate if someone could address the planning process for purchasing materials. I'd like to mix a few basic glazes in three to four gallon quantities but am lost figuring out how much of various materials to purchase to cover my needs. Anything about how you all plan your supplies and set yourselves up would be a help. 

Karen, Follow this link to a discussion of glaze materials inventory. http://cone6pots.ning.com/forum/topics/stocking-your-studio-with-gl...


Perfect! Thank you George. 

George Lewter said:

Karen, Follow this link to a discussion of glaze materials inventory. http://cone6pots.ning.com/forum/topics/stocking-your-studio-with-gl...

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