Meredith Walker
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Time-sensitive question: Rutile wash + colored slip

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Stuart Jul 18, 2014. 5 Replies

I'm still in the learning stage re using rutile.First question: Can two bowls that have a cobalt oxide-colored slip plus an added rutile wash be stacked rim to rim in a bisque fire? The effect I…Continue

Firing too long at lower cone a problem?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Meredith Walker Jun 21, 2014. 7 Replies

I forgot to plug my bottom peep this morning when I started my kiln, and my kiln was firing longer than usual at a lower cone. I estimate it stayed at about ^1 or 2, based on the firing color chart.…Continue

Something Exploded in the Kiln - Was It Clay fatigue?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Meredith Walker Aug 26, 2013. 13 Replies

In a recent glaze firing at our community studio, something exploded and we wonder whether it might have been one or more of the bisqued "cookies" placed under a couple of pieces in case of possible…Continue


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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
At home I fire Cone 6 electric - older model Cress kiln w/ sitter. I started with ceramics a few years ago as hobby.
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