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Gelling with Gerstley - Not a fun dance routine

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Kat May 26, 2021. 2 Replies

My glazes have been acting ...... peculiar ,   lately.and I read this on Facebook.  Please consider the source, so I come here for verification."Gerstley borate can be substituted for Frit 3134 and…Continue

Glazes that break over images well

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Stuart Feb 26, 2018. 2 Replies

Wondering which  glazes "break" best over graphics etc.The mug displayed is an example,…Continue

Christmas Ornament glazes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Stuart Nov 23, 2016. 3 Replies

I will make some ornaments this christmas, and need to know which low fire glazes make decent colors, assuming at low fire. I am out of my element here. Don't we have to hang these on special wires…Continue

Slip and Hakeme Decoration

Started Dec 14, 2015 0 Replies

Been reading a lot about Jim Malone, Mike Dodd, and to some extent Phil Rogers regarding treatment with slip using finger trailing or Hakeme brushes.It is used a great deal in functional ware and  i…Continue


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Feb 11, 2022
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"Glad you are here ! Get a cup of coffee. This will be fun. Share what you know and what you want to learn.  I excel at bad pots. "
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"Vaughan Smith has a great channel from Nova Scotia showing kiln openings with Cone 6 glazes. https://www.youtube.com/c/Vsmithpots/videos"
Feb 5, 2022
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Bird Bath

"Nice Vaughn !"
Feb 5, 2022
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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May 24, 2021
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"Went to make a glaze today and was out of Neph Sy. Do you know how many of my glazes need Neph Sy ? Sigh...."
May 23, 2021
George Lewter replied to cp dunbar's discussion Gelling with Gerstley - Not a fun dance routine
"Tony Hansen has a video on intentionally gelling a glaze, like it's a positive thing.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck_69eGJons"
May 7, 2021
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Gelling with Gerstley - Not a fun dance routine

My glazes have been acting ...... peculiar ,   lately.and I read this on Facebook.  Please consider the source, so I come here for verification."Gerstley borate can be substituted for Frit 3134 and is half the price. Today's Gerstley borate tends to cause gelling, so about 1 drop of Darvan per 100 g recipe may be needed during mixing to get it to go through the sieve, or later after it has sat for a while and more solubles have come into solution."So is it possible that my glazes containing…See More
May 3, 2021
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
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"Looking for a white glaze to paint over a dark clay body. Will get 3rd party glazes to paint over the white glaze. Needs not to move."
Apr 22, 2021
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"Sp gravity - using a hydrometer means using only large volumes deep enough for the hydro. to float in. How can we do this in smaller vols ?"
Aug 11, 2019
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bird tile

"Great !"
Jul 28, 2019
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"Matte base glaze - anyone tried https://digitalfire.com/4sight/recipes/matte_glaze_base_for_cone_6_121.html as a base to add…"
Jul 25, 2019
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"Very nice"
Jul 23, 2019

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
I love coffee. I drank it a lot in college to keep awake and my mug was my best friend. This moved around to a love for all things ceramic. I bought a pot from a guy at the beach and bought a book from a store there and read it front to back 3-4 times. I took a 6-week course and the teacher told us not to expect to start a studio after that course. I did.
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I am a family practice doc with a pottery love since 1995 as a hobby. Here to rub elbows and learn a bit, just a bit....hoping to make your acquaintance.
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Spearmint variation

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 10:42pm 0 Comments

Spearmint from MC6,   applied lightly with brushing surprisingly gave this nice "worn" look that is a dirty yellow, and colored the white clay a brownish / tan color where thin also on this test pot. You can see where the glaze is thicker, that the typical spearmint color shows through.  Made a canister set and spoon rest with this. Brushing vertical v horizontal makes a large difference.…


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At 10:26am on December 10, 2014, Cyndy Littleton said…


      It depends on the bowl. On a shallow bowl I keep the glazes to a minimum (2-3) and allow the ash glaze to run it's course. On a deep bowl, I like to continue the same layers as the interior which can be as many as 6.

At 11:29am on July 31, 2013, George Lewter said…

Have 3 RIOs tests in C Harris Temoku base on tiles ready to go in my next glaze fire. Will post pix when they come out.

At 9:39am on June 11, 2013, Shine Chisholm said…

I'm very slow at times, but please feel free to ask any questions you have.

At 7:58pm on April 27, 2013, Jonni Webb said…

CP, great to hear from you after all these years! Glad you remember me...

Are you still doctoring & making pottery? Would love to do another workshop with you someday...

All is well here in Missisippi... working in studio a lot. doing mostly wholesale production work but do get to do some creative work too...

Just joined this group...looking great! :)

At 8:55am on December 6, 2011, Teresa Wooden said…

It is Chris Clark's Strontium Matte.  The recipe is floating around on the web.  Turquoise if thick, bronze if thin, fires to cone 6 oxidation.  If you can't find it let me know and I'll dig it out for you.  :)

At 6:45am on November 28, 2011, George Lewter said…

hesselberth's website is www.frogpondpottery.com

At 7:26am on November 4, 2011, Michele Hartung said…
CP, Kudos on this lovely pot!  The three-legged pot on mine is formed by throwing or hand building a bottomless pot, then flipping it over, forming a triangle with the base, then pinching the legs together from each of the triangle points.  As you get to the middle, you will have a triangular space that won't close, just fill that in with a small slab.  In the interior, you can fill in the seams with small rolls of clay.  The keys to this technique are having the pot at a soft leather hard stage and having relatively thin walls at the base.   Try it out!
At 8:31am on July 30, 2011, martha peddicord said…
Hi, CP.  how's potting?
At 5:10am on June 26, 2011, Ian said…
I use Laguna B- Mix. 


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