Brent Farler
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Ron Roy article on Custer Feldspar and adjusting recipes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Kat Jul 8, 2014. 1 Reply

I came across this article on Facebook and found it a good explanation of the changes to Custer Feldspar as the mine has dug further back and the chemical composition has changed.  Namely the K has…Continue

Tags: Crystobalite, Feldspar, Custer

Drying Cabinet

Started this discussion. Last reply by JR Mar 23, 2013. 1 Reply

I recycled a failed Upright freeze as a drying cabinet. It works so well that things don't actually dry in it:).  Actually we have to prop the door open from time to time to let humidity out.Recently…Continue

Spectralux versus Zircopax

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brent Farler Dec 1, 2012. 2 Replies

It seems my local supplier only sells Spectralux Opacifier which runs about 60% more than straight Zircopax.  It is the same percentage of zirconium as zircopax. While it seems to have a smaller…Continue

Firing Schedule - Fine tuning your electric kiln controller

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Stuart Aug 27, 2013. 45 Replies

 I am working with an Orten controller on my electric kiln.  In spite of low use (<30 firings) my thermocouple doesn't appear to read very accurately.  The automatic cone fire programs…Continue


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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
wheel thrown functional work. Cone 6 Ox. Love to experiment with different glazes and recipes.
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
Student and studio potter. Currently experimenting with Cone 6 line blends and trying to learn as much as possible. Currently reading Ian Currie's 'Understanding Stoneware Glazes'. Have experimented a lot with 'Mastering Cone 6 Glazes' Ron Roy.
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Learn and share experience, find solutions to my challenges
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