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1.3 Million Dollar Plate Set For People With Excess Money

05 July 2017 - 05:07 PM


Paragon Kiln Stopped Working

04 July 2017 - 11:50 AM


My little old kiln just stopped working. I had the elements replaced and much of the wiring fixed up a couple of months ago. I have been bisquing & firing to cone 6 lately and the other day I went to use it again and it just wouldn't go on. I pressed the kiln sitter button to turn it on and nothing.........

Would burned out elements cause this? The electrician is on vacation for a month! So any ideas about what could need fixing? The local ceramic supply retailer said to try a reset button in the kiln sitter but there isn't

one. None of the house fuses had popped. The elements seem to look ok. Any ideas???

Soda Firing With Borax In The Mix.

01 February 2017 - 06:32 PM

I found a nice article about soda firing.   https://kazegama.com/soda/ but I am still looking for a good one that talks about borax (which also has sodium in it).


Here are some suggested mixtures for spraying attributed to Gail Nichols :

Here are a couple of mixtures for soda firings: 
36 Sodium Carbonate 
8 Potassium Carb. 
4 Lithium carb 
3 Borax 
48 Whiting 
1 Bentonite 

35.30 Soda Ash 
7.10 Pearl Ash 
4.50 Lithium carb. 
50.50 Whiting 
3.00 Borax 


The Nichols link didn't work where I took this thread from. Still looking for more articles.

Citizens Of Craft

19 January 2017 - 08:49 PM

The Citizens of Craft event is a national Canadian program celebrating diversity and creativity in the crafts. This part of the event is being held at the Alberta Craft Council's Feature Gallery in Edmonton. 15 Alberta artists (including ceramic artists) are taking part and the exhibit runs from Jan.21 to April 22, 2017. 

Visit www.citizensofcraft.ca  and  www.albertacraft.ab.ca/feature-gallery


Alberta Craft Council

10186-106 Street,

Edmonton, AB

T5J 1H4

Lithium Carbonate Subst. For Lepidolote

18 January 2017 - 12:59 PM

Dam battery industry- they're using up the lepidolite (or my local supplier just doesn't have any).

Anyways, I have a nice recipe for a crater glaze that I want to try but it calls for lepidolite (lithium bearing mica) & I can't get any now so.... I have a bucket of Li-carbonate. Any ideas for a substitution?