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  1. Which Clay To Use

    Hey Mudlarque thanks for the info and for offering your help! It sounds like I am having the very same problem and from what you said I KNOW you understand exactly what i am going thru( i guesss that I have been somewhat naive thinking it was always going to be smooth sailing and that clay is clay lol) most likely I had to get a bad batch somehow.
  2. Which Clay To Use

    Chris thanks for trying to help a newbie out....what i mean by slide is back in the day blues musicans would use an old glass pill bottle or cut off the neck of a bottle and wear this on a finger and slide up and down the strings as they picked( this would modulate the pitch of a note) so i faishon my slides from clay( to get the same effect) and since I hand roll the clay there are little lumps that need to be smooth out( hence the sanding w/ steel wool to make a uniformed smooth surface) and it does not look like the grog is going to do the trick. I have been told that the reformulation of the clays using the Texas talc( by standard and 2 ceramic centers) that this the root of the problem. I'm still scratching my head because i used the same batch clay and glazes and underglazes and some flaked and some did not( everything was fired at the same time and there was no variations) so I guess I'm try'n to figure out is this something many people have encountered with the texas talc??? thanks again
  3. Hello i am new here and I have a BIG problem! My problem is as of recently my glaze on my wares have been flaking( shrivering) off my pieces! First a little info on my setup... I use commerical glazes only( and two brands at that Duncan and Mayco) Also I use commerical clay( up to this point it has been Standard #105 no grog) I fire at cone 04 and for my glazed pieces I fire at cone 06. I have a small 120 volt kiln( but my items are small....i make guitar slides, candle holders, incense holders, etc...) I have been making a living( barely lol) for about a year and During Christmas I lost out on about $2000 because i had so many pieces that came out defected( shrivering) and so i have been reluctant to fire anymore and meanwhile I am trying to get answers as to why this is happening. I was told to go with the standard 105 with grog. i was told that the grog will help with the decompression of the clay and allow for a better fit between the glaze. Now, my other problem is that when i make my guitar slides i sand them down with steel wool to smooth the inside and outside but i am noticing that the sanding down is causing the grog to pull out of the clay and gives it a slight pitted appearance( I am not too sure that will be a desired effect for my customers). I was told that the changing over to Texas talc is the main reason behind the shrivering. So, what are my options, choices or suggestions that you may have? thank you in advance

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