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Silky Matte - Digitalfire - Tony Hansen

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wyndham Dennison Sep 5, 2017. 9 Replies

In this month's Digitalfire Newsletter Tony Hansen suggests a Silky Matte Glaze which resists cutlery marks can be…Continue

Tags: cutlery, mark, free, hansen, tony

Kiln Controller Bartlett Genesis LT-3140

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Fireborn Feb 10, 2018. 36 Replies

I just installed the new Bartlett Genesis LT-3140 kiln controller in our kiln and are validating the first firing with "witness cones".If anyone has any questions on the Genesis Cone Fire controller…Continue

Tags: 3140, Genesis, Bartlett, Controller, Kiln

Type-S thermocouple

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Stuart Jul 2, 2016. 4 Replies

Is in Germany the least expensive place to purchase a Type-S thermocouple?The €95.80 price, roughly $107, is well less than half the…Continue

Warm Glass

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Stuart Aug 6, 2016. 14 Replies

Has anyone else fused frit into a glass bowl?We've been asked to do a glass project, which is apparently called "warm glass" being fired only to 1,250 to 1,450 F with an hour long annealing hold at…Continue


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"Very nice."
Apr 15, 2022
cp dunbar replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Alfred University Fundamentals of Ceramics
"Thank you Norm for the info. reading away. CP"
May 3, 2021
Norm Stuart replied to Robert spicer's discussion Ruined cups
"Photos of the fired ware?"
Apr 17, 2021
Norm Stuart replied to Luca's discussion Colemanite and spodumene in glazes
"Become familiar with Digitalfire, a great source for most ceramic chemistry answers."
Mar 6, 2021
Norm Stuart replied to Luca's discussion New recipes I would like to try. Ideas or advice?
"Pheatine paste may itself be bentonite and water. Fire some pheatine paste by itself. If it leaves no trace, it is an organic suspender rather than mineral like bentonite. Smcetites like bentonite contain fluorine which is an important flux, without…"
Feb 25, 2021
Norm Stuart replied to Luca's discussion Wood ash from pellet stove
"Washing the Ash There are two differing views on whether or not ash should be washed. When it’s washed, various soluble alkaline materials are removed in solution with the washing water, and many feel that they’re throwing away precious…"
Feb 25, 2021
Norm Stuart replied to Robert spicer's discussion Materials substitution
"Yes, gillespie borate will fire very similar to gerstley borate. Each batch of gerstley borate used to be slightly different as they dug through a different area of the deposit."
Dec 18, 2020
Norm Stuart and Haidar Mahdi are now friends
Oct 19, 2020
Haidar Mahdi replied to Norm Stuart's discussion Alfred University Fundamentals of Ceramics
"Hi Norm. Im a ceramic artist from sweden, Stockholm. Iv red your material several times, amazing material! Tanks a lot.  I wonder if a can ask you a question in a private message?  Kind Regards Haidar Mahdi   "
Oct 19, 2020
Denice E. Demuth commented on Norm Stuart's photo

Off to the Trader Joe's for groceries.

"Very funny!  One of these days I will have to shop at a Trader Joe's if they have characters like you hanging around.  I get newspaper ads in the mail from them but no address where they are located.  I'm not sure if we have…"
Mar 29, 2020
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Mar 16, 2020
Norm Stuart replied to Andre Johann Strydom's discussion Thank you Norm Stuart. Save the Darvan gel-like reclaim for wheelwork!
"I'm glad.  You just need to experiment until it works right."
Mar 14, 2020
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Mar 14, 2020
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Magnesium is for crawling

Bottom-Left: is Clear Blue Mistake.Bottom-Right: Minspar has been replaced with Wollastonite leading the glaze to become opaque and start to crawl from too much magnesium.Top-Right: Brian Kemp Lichen with even more magnesium is crawling over a stiff…
Nov 5, 2019
Norm Stuart replied to RS's discussion Glaze Crawling Problem
"Olive Green Celadon shares many features of your glaze - a runny glaze with too much magnesium. I think the solution is to replace half the magnesium with calcium. 1.) Many of the ingredients of the glaze (3134, Talc and…"
Nov 5, 2019
Norm Stuart replied to Andre Johann Strydom's discussion Darvan/dispersant & slip that the need 4 non-Newtonian thixotropic character reversel in wheelwork.
"Darvan traps calcium and magnesium ions in clay and releases sodium ions in exchange To reverse this, you need to add calcium and or magnesium ions to exceed the Darvan level and flocculate the clay again. I use calcium chloride, used to melt ice.…"
Aug 13, 2019

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
I threw a couple of bowls in junior high school and have thrown none since.

Four years ago I got volunteered as a "chemist" for the non-profit community ceramic studio my husband manages. Since being drafted, I've found some time to craft some sculptural works.
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
Apprentice Glaze Chemist

I originally made all the glazes at our outdoor studio. Now an expanded team of glaze makers bring us old favorites and new creations.

Four years ago we replaced our kiln sitter with a computer controlled kiln, a Bartlett V6-CF controller modified slightly for Cress.

What a difference it makes, being able to program several hour 200 F pre-heats, using a pre-programmed Cone-Fire, or adding slow-cooling to ^6 firings, all with the ease of microwave oven like controls.
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?
Sharing ceramic glaze ideas and happy accidents.

I've taken photos of just about every experiment we've done at our studio, and this website seems like the ideal place to share them with others contemplating similar ceramic variations.
Where do you work on your ceramics projects?
community center
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The Shine and Gloss

Posted on April 30, 2019 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Did a little experiment with Red Lead Cone 04 glaze. I'll have to see if I can replicate it with Bismuth Oxide which is $35 a pound vs $6, but not toxic.

From the left, just lead glaze, Manganese (trying to get a gold), Cobalt, Copper, Chrome, Nickel

There's so much nickel in the last tile I had to fire it to Cone 5 to melt it.…


Silicosis - Feldspar and Silica mining in India

Posted on October 21, 2018 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

Silicosis killing thousands in quarries across India - Indian Express - Asia Times…


The secret of Magnetic organization from our friend Lawrence Weathers

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 9:30pm 3 Comments

What I need now is a device which prevents studio members from dropping tools and valuable extruder parts in our washing tub which collects clay and heavy metals from glaze for disposal.

Going through the muck prior to disposal is always a treasure hunt.

Never Misplace a Tool Again!

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Posted on February 11, 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

A year ago I watched this video of the UK ceramicist Takeshi Yasuda working in the porcelain city of Jingdezhen China.

As amazing as it was to see those workshops in action, I now learn that virtually all of the ceramic…


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At 7:18am on December 14, 2016, Frederick Johnson said…

Norm, I like your posts on Materials Science from Alfred University. Unfortunately the link(s) don't work. Any ideas?



At 4:24pm on October 27, 2015, Randy McCall said…

Norm I see an Antique White on the Lakeside Pottery web site  but no recipe.  That is the one I am talking about.

At 3:03pm on October 27, 2015, Randy McCall said…

Norm would like to try your antique white if you don't mind since you have used some of my glazes.  Would greatly appreciate it.  I used a similar glaze in gas but have not been able to find one like that in electric.

At 11:11pm on July 21, 2015, Chantay Poulsen said…
I found all the Alberta Slip glaze recipes on the Plainsman clay website. The base glaze looks good on white clay too. I look forward to trying out more of them.
At 6:22am on July 24, 2014, Deborah Bassett-Maxwell said…
The yellow is a Tony Hanson 20 x 5 glaze. I can send the recipe to you when I get to my studio this morning.
At 12:52pm on June 4, 2014, Ersatz Soubriquet said…

Oh,  and one alias that wasn't me, but I wish had been, was 'Borax Fritz', back in probably 1980 in the pages of... Ceramics Monthly?

At 12:50pm on June 4, 2014, Ersatz Soubriquet said…

Norm, I've had a heap of aliases, Bogus Cognomen is another of them...

I kind of like being somewhat masked, and though I've been a potter a long time, I'm just restarting, and this cone 6 world is one I'll have to learn, and I'll make stupid mistakes, my glaze notebooks were lost in a flood, but hey, they were mostly cone 10 anyway.

I'll probably come out of hiding pretty soon.

Back in the day... we potters had to meet up, some were generous, some secretive, I'm so very pleased to see the spirit of open sharing, mutual help, and support that is out there on the internet for potters. I hope I'll be as helpful in the community.

At 6:21am on June 11, 2013, Denice E. Demuth said…

Norm that's sounds like a toxic mess and a lot more complicated.  I have hit on a nice metallic look using the Flaky Lime Green glaze on Laguna's brown clay that looks black at C6.  I have only used it on tiles and pour the glaze over them to keep a even consistent finish.  I have seen the metallic clay at the Fort Worth NECCA I think that was around 97-98.  It was a new product then and very pricey.  Denice

At 5:59am on June 7, 2013, Denice E. Demuth said…

Norm you definitely keep the forum interesting, have you done any electroforming. A newcomer on the Ceramics Monthly Forum was wanting to know if anyone else was using that technique.  I vaguely remember it from some ancient Ceramic Monthly magazines that are on discs.  I won't be trying it but it is very interesting.  I still make you own glazes and experiment with them but try to stay away from most chemicals because of my M.S.  Denice



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