January 2017 Newsletter


~ Ceramic info, tips, and tidbits from our network and beyond ~

Happy New Year!

It seems appropriate to start the new year with a fresh start.  

For some of us, maybe that'll be a new glaze in the lineup,

or a new shape in the inventory.  

Maybe it'll be a new technique you've been thinking of trying.  

Whatever it is, good luck, and go for it!

...and remember to share a little bit with us at Cone6Pots,

like the following images that members have recently posted.

Photos by members:  Diane Lublinski, Frederick JohnsonSandy James Carl Crutchfield,  Marina Reijsmeijer (Kleierij), and  Joan Weller Snider.

Lawrence Weathers recently posted a discussion topic on his frustration with Slip Trailing last August. He got excellent feedback from others and found a solution to getting the results he wants. Most importantly, he recently posted his solution to help other members improve their technique.

Alaska Claycation Update

We are nearly full for next summer's 1 week retreat.

We have 3 single beds left for women, and a queen sized bed for a couple or two friends.

If you want to attend, please contact George Lewter immediately, by sending him a message with

your phone number.

Click here for Alaska Claycation 2017 event information

This month’s header image is by network member, Tim Knight.

If you have comments or complaints about this newsletter,

or if you’d like to include something in an upcoming issue, please message Erik through the network.

Feedback is always welcome.

You are receiving this publication because you are a member of Cone6Pots.

Visit Electric Cone 6 & Other Ways w/ Clay at: https://cone6pots.ning.com/

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Low cost flat lapping disc can be used on you potters wheel if you, drill bat pin holes in it, and provide a trickle of water to cool it. At amazon.com, 120 grit for aggressive material removal. Click the image to purchase 

Members have had great things to say about John Britt's new book, Mid-Range Glazes. Click the image to buy from Amazon.com

Purchase Glazes Cone 6 by Michael Bailey, The Potters Book of Glaze Recipes by Emmanuel Cooper, or Making Marks by Robin Hopper, all available at amazon.comMastering Cone 6 Glazes by John Hesselberth & Ron Roy is now out of print.

Harbor Freight is a great place to find unbeatable prices for better HVLP spray guns with stainless steel parts and serviceable economy models, as well as detail guns, all tested by our members for spraying glazes, as well as compressors to power the guns. As yet no one has tested and commented on the remarkably inexpensive air brushes at harbor freight.

The critter siphon gun is a spray alternative that is well liked by some of our members, and is available at amazon.

Amazon is also a competitive source for photo light tents for shooting professional quality pictures of your work. They also have the EZ Cube brand favored by several of our members. You might also want to purchase the book Photographing Arts, Crafts and Collectibles . . .

If you are up to creating videos of your work or techniques you might want to invest in a flip video camera

Following are a few scales useful for potters. Ohaus Triple Pro Mechanical Triple Beam Balance, 2610g x 0.1g, with Tare $169.00

And finally a low cost clone of the OHaus. The Adam Equipment TBB2610T Triple Beam Mechanical Balance With Tare Beam $99.62

ebay is a great alternative for many tools and the equipment used in the ceramics studio - kilns, wheels, extruders, slab rollers are often listed there both new and used.

Tips for Members

If you just want to spout off, it is best accomplished as a blog posting. If you want to get more guidance and ideas from other members, ask a question as a new discussion topic. In the upper right corner of the lists for both types of posting, you will find an "+Add " button. Clicking it will open an editor where you create your posting. 4/16/2014

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