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Refiring Question

10 July 2014 - 06:13 AM

When refiring some plates with a regular glaze load the plates cracked (in half) while the rest of the load was fine. I suspect thermal shock. When refiring does one need to heat up much slower with ware that has been previously vitrified?

Course Clay Bodies

08 July 2014 - 06:13 AM

I always admire the course and chunky clay bodies I see used in work of potters I admire (usually online, and usually from other countries). My question is, if one wants to use clay like this, does one have to make it themselves? I am assuming so, since the look is so different from the even and processed clay I've bought here in the states. I fire to mid-range oxidation, and I know the work in the link below, for example, is high fire wood and salt/soda, but out of curiosity: how would one begin? Could one add very course grog to a clay body and get this kind of look? What else might one add?



Possible Scumming On Glaze?

15 June 2014 - 04:38 PM

Ugh! This seems to happen to one piece in every firing (cone 6). There is a white crusty blemish on the glaze that is dry (the glaze is a gloss white glaze) and almost looks like flashing (but is not). I think it is scumming from what I've read, and that it might be caused by soluble salts in the water. I am wondering if they might be in the water I mix up the glaze with, since the problem doesn't seem to be on the clay, and it has happened on different clay bodies that had the same white gloss glaze. I think I read that this means the water I use is too "hard". Question: might it fix the problem if I used water from a different source the next time I make up my glaze recipe (distilled, rain water, etc)?

Sending Samples - Who Pays Shipping?

27 March 2014 - 08:26 AM

I've sent a few samples to shops/galleries in the past, but never overseas, as per a recent request. Do galleries usually pay the shipping on samples? It is usually only a few items, but it could get expensive if it happens often and/or to far away locations. Does anyone have any experience with this?


Mailing Lists

24 December 2013 - 08:31 PM

I need to organize yet another part of selling ceramics - mailing lists. I think I should probably have two separate ones - a retail one, and a wholesale one for shops that buy from me wholesale...not sure how to do it. How do others manage this kind of tracking of who has bought from you in the past, what they've ordered and how often to send updates, news, etc.? Computer spread sheets, a notebook, a group email list that you add to? Any advice is welcome!