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Does A Lower Absorption Clay Actually Mean It's More Functional?

20 February 2017 - 05:58 PM

I have been working in a studio that sells tableware to restaurants mostly and some big platters fail under their heat lamps. 

 

My initial thoughts were maybe they have high absorption and are cracking because of that. Let a fired bowl soak in water for 3 days, 369g dry and 369.7g after 3 days. Not the most accurate but shows there was hardly any? Should probably redo.

 

Happened to be speaking to a clay chap on the phone and he said I wanted more absorption and my clay was too closed up.

 

Anybody else come across this problem? Is there a balance to be struck between the ability to be waterproof and good thermal shock. I always aimed for the lowest absorption possible but was that the wrong idea?


Cheap Wax And Methane Musings

02 February 2017 - 08:41 AM

I have been glazing about 100 big (30cm/12inch) platters and it is taking too long to remove the glaze off the bases. I need some wax but any pottery wax I have bought has never worked or I have not been using it properly.

 

Are there any other waxes I can buy that are cheap and work. I remember seeing something about painters wax.

 

What is going to be the quickest way to wax big platters to save on time wiping glaze back?

 

 

Also on another topic, the new kiln I have been firing uses natural gas and it is a pleasure to fire with. Burners are so quiet compared to propane and I am not sure how to explain but inside the kiln looks so much brighter and cleaner, it is like a summers day compared to the cloudy overcast look propane has. Has anybody else noticed this and understands why they have a different look?


Community Challenge #8

04 December 2016 - 05:18 AM

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Welcome to the community challenge #8

 
This is a place where we can challenge ourselves alongside other community members to create ceramic works within the constraints set out in each challenge.
 
The Challenge
 

"I'd like to see people choose one form ... Bowl, mug, vase, container, casserole ... And execute the form several times using different techniques ... Throwing, coiling, soft slab building, firm slab building, slump molds, hump mods, pinching, free form ... Whatever. Just test how many ways you can get to where you are going."   

 
The Rules

  • Everybody can enter the challenge, all you need is a registered account on the forum.
  • Work in progress (WIP) images are encouraged. It can help to talk through your research and ideas but please don't spam the topic. Keep the updates informative and succinct.
  • One final entry per community member.
  • Attach images to your final entry post along with the text Final Entry - Forum Name
  • This will make sure you are not missed out of the results thread. Also make sure you post your final entry in this thread to be entered into the challenge.
  • The challenge will run quarterly and will be
    • 1st March to 29th May, 
    • 1st June to 30st August, 
    • 1st September to 30st November, 
    • 1st December to 30st February.
  • The results thread will be posted on the last day of the ending month. It will be a collection of all the entries into one post for condensed viewing and some post challenge discussion.
  •  

The Rest
Remember you are entering for your own enjoyment and there could be a risk that your work develops into something new and exciting.
Be considerate of others and don't post opinions without good reasons to back them up. We are all here to improve and progress with our ceramics.
Some dates may vary slightly as this is a community run project and it will depend on members having access to the forum.
 
Have any ideas for a challenge? Post them in the ideas thread http://community.cer...hallenge-ideas/


Kiln Engine

01 December 2016 - 10:51 AM

Somehow I ended up learning about Stirling engines and now I want to attach one to my kiln. Who knew all you need is a hot plate and a cold plate to make them run.

 

Seems like all the hot air kilns generate could be put to good use.

 

Could this be a better way to recoup some of the energy than the usual heat transfer between exhaust and air intake?

 


Community Challenge #7

01 September 2016 - 05:35 PM

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Welcome to the community challenge #7

 
This is a place where we can challenge ourselves alongside other community members to create ceramic works within the constraints set out in each challenge.
 
The Challenge
 
This challenge is to make salt and pepper shakers.  
 
The Rules

  • Everybody can enter the challenge, all you need is a registered account on the forum.
  • Work in progress (WIP) images are encouraged. It can help to talk through your research and ideas but please don't spam the topic. Keep the updates informative and succinct.
  • One final entry per community member.
  • Attach images to your final entry post along with the text Final Entry - Forum Name
  • This will make sure you are not missed out of the results thread. Also make sure you post your final entry in this thread to be entered into the challenge.
  • The challenge will run quarterly and will be
    • 1st March to 29th May, 
    • 1st June to 30st August, 
    • 1st September to 30st November, 
    • 1st December to 30st February.
  • The results thread will be posted on the last day of the ending month. It will be a collection of all the entries into one post for condensed viewing and some post challenge discussion.
  •  

The Rest
Remember you are entering for your own enjoyment and there could be a risk that your work develops into something new and exciting.
Be considerate of others and don't post opinions without good reasons to back them up. We are all here to improve and progress with our ceramics.
Some dates may vary slightly as this is a community run project and it will depend on members having access to the forum.
 
Have any ideas for a challenge? Post them in the ideas thread http://community.cer...hallenge-ideas/