June 2018 Newsletter

On May 12, 2008, George Lewter, a potter from Michigan, established Cone6Pots.

Soon, another potter, Robert from Guam, joined him. 

A network was born. 

Between them, they posted 22 pictures.  

Here’s the first one, posted by George, on May 13, 2008.

Today, we boast 2,224 members, from all over the world, posting some 6,906 photos, sharing encouragement, and exchanging ideas.

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Many thanks to George Lewter for his years of commitment, dedication, and considerable effort to make this community of ours what it is today.  We wouldn’t be here without him.

Thanks, as well, to our dedicated membership.  Those who take the time to tender an opinion, offer advice, or merely share their experience make this whole endeavor worthwhile.  We are what we contribute.  Thank you.

Here’s to the next ten years!

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Now, for a few other things worth sharing this month:

Using his well-known baking analogy, Pete Pinnell breaks down what happens when clay and glazes are fired.

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Members discuss alternative showrooms and other ways to display their wares.

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Electric reduction is alive and well.  

Check out this discussion of what was once thought to be impossible

 reduction firing in an electrical kiln.

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The Grab Bag in Technical Discussions features all kinds info on menders, masks, and additives... and a great PDF on spray guns and equipment.

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A shared article from Studio Potter argues in favor of new technology in the studio.  This corresponding graphic offers a bit of perspective.

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These quotes from Norm Stuart are worth a chuckle.

(From the Interest Group, Studio Managers):

Every potter knows at least 10 rules which are simply not true…”

“There are... at least three right ways to do everything, so insisting on using only one of them is pointless.”

And this gem:

“Recycling clay. If you don't have a de-airing pug mill don't bother. If you do recycle clay, keep track of your time spent on a ledger… After reviewing the ledger, ask yourself if that time wouldn't be better spent working at McDonald’s.”

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This month’s header image features the work of Richard Long.

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If you have comments or complaints,

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

Feedback is always welcome.

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

Visit the network at cone6pots.ning.com.

Thank you.


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