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  1. Just be sure to ask first before scrounging around a construction site. General contractors often will have issues with non authorized people on the site. Liability and loss type of things. Regards, Fred
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    Nicky- Try this link. By no means all inclusive, but a good start. https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/glossary/ Regards, Fred
  3. Moh- You can try wedging in Molochite (a porcelain grog), to achieve some “bones”, if height is your goal. Available in various mesh sizes from a number of ceramic suppliers. Regards, Fred
  4. shawnhar- Since your first firing was over-fired and was blistered, pinholed, it doesn’t make sense to add more heat work (by increasing your hold time) to the subsequent firing. If the pieces were refired , it takes less heat work to re-melt the glaze since all the materials were already combined in the glass matrix. If the second firing was with new unfired pieces, I would have considered lowering the hold time or the target come, since your first was over-fired. Something to ponder. Regards, Fred
  5. Thanks for the info. 

  6. Vivk- Go to priscillahollingsworth.com. Once on her home page follow this route: Home, info, extras The low fire glaze pdf resides there. Regards, Fred
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    Age of dry materials

    Roberta- Try rubbing alcohol to remove the marker. Works well for most permanent markers, and is substantially less expensive than hairspray. You also won’t have to worry about overspray. Fred
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    Hudson River Clay

    Grey- Just a quick correction to Nerd’s latest reply. GlazeMaster was written by Ron Roy and John Hesselberth, not John Britt. The software website is: http://www.masteringglazes.com/ attn: Tom. Know that you are interested in accuracy, therefore my correction. Regards, Fred
  9. Soren- Below is a listing of Illinois ceramic suppliers that carry raw materials. Sourced from: The Ceramic Arts 2018 Yearbook and Annual Buyers Guide - A Supplement to Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. I am not sure how close these are to you, but it is a start. Great Lakes Clay & Supply (Elgin) www.greatclay.com Ceramic Supply Chicago (Elk Grove) www.ceramicsupplychicago.com Blick Art Materials (Galesburg) www.dickblick.com Art Clay World, USA (Oak Lawn) www.artclayworld.com U.S. Pigment Corp. (S. Elgin) www.uspigment.com I'm also not sure if there are other suppliers in neighboring states which might be closer. The URL to source a PDF copy of the Ceramic Arts 2018 Yearbook is: https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/toc/ceramics-monthly-ceramic-arts-yearbook-2018/ Regards, Fred
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    Glazing on already glazed tiles

    Dutch- do a member search on Paul Lewing here in the forum. He is the author of China Paint and Overglazes, available at: https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/shop/the-paul-lewing-china-painting-collection/ You can also PM him from the forum. Regards, Fred
  11. Shouldn’t have any difference if you didn’t have other effects (i.e. metals or combustibles attached or in proximity).
  12. hantremmer- Even if it was a pot to be bisque fired, the person who did the stamping should be informed that their choice of stamp ink contains metallic oxide(s), assuming it was stamped prior to firing the piece. If it was stamped after the firing, and the ink contains no metal oxide(s), it may burn off in another firing. Try having it re-fired. After all, what do you have to lose? Regards, Fred
  13. Do you have the manual for your kiln? The link below is for the manual Duncan kilns (includes yours) from the Paragon kiln company, who were providing parts and service after Duncan was disbanded. https://www.paragonweb.com/files/manuals/LX_914_Duncan_Kiln_Owners_Manual.pdf Regards, Fred
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    Calcining Cobalt Carbonate

    Soren- Most body colors will develop their true intensity with the addition of a clear glaze. To get an idea of how it will look prior to glazing and firing the work put a drop of water on the surface. While it won’t be highly accurate, you will get an understanding of just how the glaze will influence the color development. Regards, Fred
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    Calcining Cobalt Carbonate

    Soren- Check Chris Campbell’s website: http://www.ccpottery.com/coloredclaylessons.html This is her colored clay tutorial/class page. You might find your answers there. She is often approachable via email, depending on her schedule. She is also a member of this forum and has a gallery here. Go to the main page and do a search on her name. Regards, Fred

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