Potters & Sculptors - Making Rock from Mud
Our Insight-live glaze database is not used by many members. I just deleted all members who have not signed in or viewed any recipes since January of 2017. That leaves us with 17 ''active" members. Of those only 11 have posted one or more new recipes since joining.
When we started with Insight-live in 2012, it was the only serious, recipe calculating website available. Glazemixer and glaze21 came along with a few of the capabilities that we have in Insight-live, but weren't really competitive.
Glazy.org is now on the scene, and it may be a better choice for our needs. It has a much more user-friendly interface, but the proof is in its capabilities. How does it stack up against the formidable features of Insight-live? Please go to their free website and sign up, and then report back here with your impressions, and whether you think it would be a better fit for our members.
Next July we will discuss our options and decide whether or not we want stay as we are, switch to glazy, or discontinue with glaze databases altogether. The double system of having a group here on C6P as an intermediary between us and I-L is a management headache. Tony never put together a suitable forum for us to discuss our glaze research within Insight-live, and not much comes back for discussion here either. Collaboration isn't really happening, which begs the question, "Why are we doing it, and is the software and website worth the time and money involved, with so few active users?"
This is an important issue within the cone6pots network, and deserves some serious consideration.
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I've been bouncing back and forth between Glazy and IL comparing searching for glazes, adding recipes, studying the chemistry, etc. I find Glazy more user user friendly although IL is more powerful. I personally have continued to use GlazeMaster as I've been using it since it's first edition so am comfortable with it. I think the bonus feature of Glazy for a group is the comment feature with each recipe.
Thanks Gina, Your comments align with my thinking pretty closely. One of the glazy features I like is the scatter chart with the Al2O3 & silica balance, showing other glazes of similar makeup to the one you are looking at.
Yes, that is a nice feature; useful and interesting.
Would there be a group here at Cone6pots for Glazy users?
John Britt published a rather interesting video on glaze software pt 4 in a series of free online glaze classes.