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cp dunbar commented on Helen Sparrow's photo
Jul 18, 2019
Carl Ray Crutchfield commented on Helen Sparrow's photo
Jul 4, 2019
Helen Sparrow commented on Randy McCall's photo
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"Thank you, that is an iron red with a blue glaze slip trailed"
Jun 29, 2019
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DeepBowl

"that glaze is copper rust.  it is very stable."
Jun 29, 2019
Denice E. Demuth commented on Helen Sparrow's photo
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"Did you do your bubbles on purpose or by accident.   I had white bubbles pop up on colored overglaze one time, it turned out to be bad clay.  Denice"
Jun 28, 2019
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Jun 28, 2019
Helen Sparrow left a comment for Helen Sparrow
"Hi everyone, thank you for accepting me into the group.  I look forward to hearing from you all and learning and contributing hopefully."
Jun 28, 2019
Helen Sparrow is now a member of Electric Cone 6 & Other Ways w/ Clay
Jun 20, 2019

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
I have been potting for 40 years, My gas kiln died and now I have an electric kiln. Looking to reduce firing to cone 6. Slowly getting there
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
I fire my work in an electric kiln. It is very different to a gas kiln and reduction, but beginning to get the results I want. I mainly make functional ware on the wheel.
All our content is viewable by the public. Why do you want to be a member, when you can already see everything as a non-member?
it is nice to be able to talk to other people and also encourage, ask questions.
Where do you work on your ceramics projects?
home studio
How did you find this network?
other

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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.

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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.

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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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