Donna Kat
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Donna Kat replied to cp dunbar's discussion Gelling with Gerstley - Not a fun dance routine
"I had a serious problem with this when they changed the final batch of Gerstley. It had never happened before. It only became an issue though when members would add water to the glaze, thinking it was too thick. Then of course the glaze would still…"
May 26, 2021
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Donna Kat replied to RS's discussion Glaze Crawling Problem
"Sorry, also for a recipe like this I made up a second batch with the entire EPK calcined and then mixed the two but I would not do that unless you were having more serious problems (you said only two small pots). You could though for instance just…"
Dec 28, 2019
Donna Kat replied to RS's discussion Glaze Crawling Problem
"Wiping with a sponge can cause crawling if the sponge has picked up any dirt/clay, If you are in a dry area (not humid but arid) you can quickly rinse the pot under running water but your glazing technique has to adapt to this. An air gun is better…"
Dec 28, 2019
Donna Kat replied to Olga Biff's discussion Wash Application
"On bisque ware, under the glaze you can wipe away to give greater depth and variance in the color. You may risk crawling but I have not seen it. Over the glaze you can dilute it and use as you would water color painting (same for under as well). You…"
Dec 28, 2019

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
Though I have worked with ceramics since early 70s it has always been the smaller part of my life which I fit in as I was able. I have mixed up glazes for studios for quite a few years. Making glazes for a studio setting is quite different than what one does for ones self. Glazes which work well for a wide range of both personal taste and ability is probably one of the more challenging aspects of the work I have done. Now that I am back to only working for myself and having the time to devote to the craft, I am looking forward to potting to my hearts content.
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
Slowly getting back into gear. I have just now gotten to the point where I realize how little I know.
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?
Some day I will have the time to be more active and would like to be part of this site.
Where do you work on your ceramics projects?
home studio
How did you find this network?
Link or reference from another site

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At 8:48pm on December 9, 2012, George Lewter said…

Thank you, Donna, for adding over 2,000 recipes to our Insight-Live glaze recipe database.

At 3:13pm on June 29, 2012, Roxanne Hunnicutt said…

Sybil’s Black Stain 

IF you posted this what temps does it work at? Rox in OR



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