Cone 6 tile work For those who like to work on a flat pot.


Cone 6 tile work For those who like to work on a flat pot.

For individuals who are interested in the tile side of ceramics. Clay bodies, glazes, techniques, conquests and challanges.

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Clay shrinkage; Calculating; Tips;

Started by Kabe Burleson. Last reply by Denice E. Demuth Nov 24, 2014. 1 Reply

Ease of installation is a marketable quality in tile. Tile with similar dimensions as commercial tile simplify installations. To control finial size, allowance for shrinkage needs to be calculated.…Continue

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Comment by Denice E. Demuth on July 4, 2022 at 5:44pm

I have installed my mural/grill on my porch, each tile is like a grill but the 5 holes have kiln cast solid glass that looks like the bottoms of old wine bottles.  I have a total of 70 bottle bottoms in the mural.  When I designed our Spanish Mission house I had to have old wine bottle bottoms some place on the exterior of the house. I took me six months to learn the process and make them.  Right now I am working on a Arizona landscape mural that is very sculptural.  I just wanted to tell everyone what I have been doing and say goodbye since the forum will be ending.   Chins up!   Denice.

Comment by Kabe Burleson on October 19, 2016 at 4:43pm

That is some beautiful tile work. I have always thought that crystalline glazes would make spectacular looking tile. Kudos for keeping porcelain flat. Great work.

Comment by Tom Anderson on October 17, 2016 at 7:59pm


Most of the time I do not get to see my work once it leaves the studio. I do have one that I installed for a friend: will give you an idea:


Comment by Tom Anderson on August 21, 2016 at 9:07am

Gm Kabe:

Going through the threads this morning, I came across your forum. All I do is tile work, mostly all geometric with crystalline glaze. Wish I had artistic abilities, but alas I do not. I use to fire cone 10 crystalline, taking me nearly seven years to perfect a porcelain body specifically for cone 6 porcelain. One trick to help alleve memory in porcelain (for those who use it) is to wedge in molochite. Doing tile I go through a fair amount of clay for just one order. So I began ordering porcelain from Flint Hills with 15% molochite additions. Cut the "fiddling" time way down: did not require so much labor to keep them flat. Will be following this thread with interest, glad to see I am not the only one who works with flat pots.

Tom Anderson

Comment by Kabe Burleson on June 10, 2014 at 5:22pm

Boards to work on. This is just a tip for an easy way to make cloth covered boards for working and drying your clay. At some point in my life I ended up with a surplus of old pillow cases. Measure the width of the case and cut a piece of 1/2" sheet rock that is just wide enough to slip into it. The tighter the better. The pillow cases keeps the plaster from the edge of the rock away from your clay. It saves always having to lay out cloth to work your clay and if you have flat tiles you can sandwich them between the boards  to help control warp.  If you need to move your clay again then you would still need an additional cloth. I assume you could find old pillow cases at a second hand store or goodwill  rather cheaply. I expect this tip would fall into  "nothing new under the sun" but it may save somebody some time. happy firing Kabe

Comment by cp dunbar on July 23, 2013 at 2:53pm

i know very little about tile work, but would like to hear other ideas re: same.  this should prove fun.


Comment by Kabe Burleson on December 3, 2012 at 8:39pm

Thank you Tammy and can't wait to see what you have to add. Happy Firing

Comment by tammy on December 3, 2012 at 11:56am

I looked over your photos and just love your frog on fireplace. Thanks for the tip and hope to add to the discussion soon.

Comment by Kabe Burleson on December 1, 2012 at 1:27pm

I asked one time before if anyone would be intrested in a tile group but I thought the question might have gotten lost in the volume of posts. I didn't add a picture, so it is still the three ghosts of ceramics past. I thought that anyone who is interested in the group could summit one and them maybe we could vote on one for a starter and change it from time to time. Like a monthly tile piece by the members. If you are interested please reply. Ain't clay fun! Kabe


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