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Amy Waller

Member Since 14 Jan 2011
Offline Last Active Mar 06 2015 04:10 PM

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In Topic: Best Domestic Alternative To Drying Cabinet?

06 March 2015 - 03:55 PM

You may know this, but I would be careful with covering your work during the drying period with effloresced Egyptian faience, which many potters call Egyptian paste. I cover my Egyptian faience pieces only while I'm working on them and even then not for long periods of time. Once I'm done working on a piece, I make sure to expose all the surfaces that I want to be glazed to the air to encourage drying and the "wicking process" that causes the sodium to migrate to the surface. This is what creates the glazed surface. Covering with plastic or anything else - especially loosely or partially covering - can cause the sodium to migrate to some areas but not others, resulting in an uneven glaze surface.

As for an alternative to a drying cabinet - do you have access to a small electric space heater? I sometimes use a small, inexpensive (15-25 US dollars) space heater. It is somewhat wasteful energy-wise, but the dry heat works well for drying Egyptian faience.

If that doesn't answer your question, let me know and I'll try again.


In Topic: Pit Firing In Ohio

16 March 2014 - 04:07 PM

Thanks for the annotated list of suggested references, Alabama.


Anna O. Shepard's Ceramics for the Archaeologist is available from the publisher as a free downloadable PDF (it's the first publication under "Archaeology"):


In Topic: Best Online Clay Retailer

16 March 2014 - 03:56 PM

Seeing that Mug is from northeastern Ohio made it pretty easy to guess which "pottery capital" (in quotes, as Mug put it) was being referred to. My point wasn't to argue the legitimacy of the self-proclaimed title but rather to acknowledge and show respect for the town's history, including the fact that the town called itself that and was known - including popularly, beyond pottery and ceramic circles - by that title.
John - to me your first comment came across as maybe a little funny. Your second comment a little less so. I might not have said anything if you hadn't posted your second comment.

Mug - I like what you said about traveling having a humbling effect. I've never been to East Liverpool but hope to make it there someday.

In Topic: Best Online Clay Retailer

13 March 2014 - 12:19 PM

Ouch, John.

I don't want to get into a pissing contest, and of course many places can and do lay claim to being the so-and-so capital of the world with little or no foundation, but I'd suggest dissing East Liverpool and its role in the history of ceramics also suggests not getting around much.