Val Cushing Handbook?
Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:20 PM
Is anyone familiar with the Val Cushing Handbook?
What are its merits and demerits for a beginning cone 6 Potter?
I think a better introduction to glaze chemistry is John Hesselbreth's Mastering Cone 6 Glazes. Obviously its the temperature range you're working in, so there's that, but it also approaches the whole process in a way that is approachable and complete. Val's book is a good resource once you have some idea of what you're doing with glaze materials, the recipes in it aren't all good right off the pages, but they are often good starting points to begin testing from.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:35 PM
the link to the page is http://juliagalloway...shing-handouts/
Directly below the picture on this page it reads:
The Val Cushing Clay book (bright orange cover) is a must! It is on sale for $25 plus $3 shipping/handling at the Alfred Pharmacy 607.587.9222, 36 North Main Street, Alfred, NY 14802 and at Kinfolk Natural Grocery 607.587.8840 14W. University Street, Alfred NY 14602. It can also be purchased at Amazon.com. For orders of more than three books, please contact Val and Elsie Cushing directly through www.valcushing.com
Now that is an even better deal! What a good way to spend less than $30 on a wealth of info!
Posted 20 March 2013 - 09:11 AM
Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:11 AM
1) Daniel Rhodes Clay and Glazes for the Potter will help with the intuitive stuff and give you basics.
2) Mastering cone 6 Glazes has some great recipes.
3) Richard Zakins Electric kiln ceramics was my bible for a few years.
4) Robin Hopper's book (s) The Ceramic Spectrum and the subsequent editions are my "go to" books.
5) http://digitalfire.com/index.html has links to pages of information to help you learn after you start and need to troubleshoot.
I've been a collector of ceramic books for about 30 yrs now and I still use these resources on an everyday basis.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:15 AM
Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:16 PM
I have had the Cushing handbook for a very long time. I didn't find it all that useful. Lots of recipes for various temperatures, slips, clay bodies and glazes. I do use his underglaze recipe but I got that from a friend before I got the book. I like other books for more discussion of technical information. How things work and why.
Britt's High Fire is a good new one to come along.
I got Leach's A Potters Book in 1968. I have an extensive library from 40+ years of collecting books.
Rhodes Clay and Glazes for the Potter was a college textbook.
Nelson's Intro to C was the text for my first ceramics course.
I built kilns before Olsen's or Rhodes kiln books were ever available. But the are good. I have Soldner's book on kiln building and the AP Green refractory guide.
I enjoy reading new technical books as they come out. I like Michael Bailey's book on Cone 6 Glazes. His book on Oriental Glazes has examples of my work and ^6 glazes in that book. They are the only ^6 glazes in the book. Most are ^9 or 10.
Britt is starting work on a book on ^6 glazes for both oxidation and reduction. This follows his presentation at NCECA.
Montana State University-Billings
Charter Member and Past President of Potters Council
Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:41 PM
Britt is starting work on a book on ^6 glazes for both oxidation and reduction.
That's good news!
"But it does move," said Galileo under his breath.
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