Liz Gamelin
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  • Mountain Home, AR
  • United States
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Testing Glazes for Durability, Fit, and Toxicity on Functional Ware

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Stuart Mar 15, 2015. 11 Replies

Testing glaze toxicity, fit, and durability can be a two tiered process.You can run a number of tests at home with very limited equipment to pre-screen potential production glazes. While your results…Continue

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
student, professional
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
I am a part time potter (15-20hrs/week) looking to be a full time potter. I make my own glazes and fire cone 6 oxidation. I make pots because I can't stop!
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?
Help with glaze questions and the energy of linking with other potters.
Where do you work on your ceramics projects?
home studio
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How did you find this network?
Link or reference from another site

This is my Etsy shop: Mountain Home Pottery.

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At 10:34am on December 29, 2010, Deborah Mitchell said…
Liz,  I am finally getting this cone 6 brain working.  Yes, my sweet love, I will always be your friend and room mate and clay mate and partner i artner and and and..I love you!!!!!!!!!  Got that frist batch of clay slaking, whew!  It feels really nice.  The grog is friendly.  The color is not as red as I would have wished.  So I need to come on this site and update things to stay present.  This is time #2.  Oh well, beter thatn none.  thks for getting the ball rolling.  ttyl,d
At 5:46pm on January 6, 2010, Elizabeth Mostello-Harris said…
Hi Liz,

The letter stamps are made for embossing leather and so give a nice, deep impression with sharp, clean edges. I bought the set years ago for about $10 at Michael's, the arts-and-crafts franchise, but I've frequently seen them elsewhere. They're marketed by a company named "Tandy," which carries all sorts of leatherworking supplies. There's even a matching set of numerals.

Best regards,
At 8:46pm on December 13, 2009, Deborah Mitchell said…
Hi Liz,

Your pots look great on this page. Thnks for turning me onto this. Most of my photos are on my home computer so looking forward to downloading to this site. All I had handy was Blue Shield. Big hug. How easy this is. You are a great pal.


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