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  1. Guys, it’s albany slip. Hudson river...silty low fire clay with soluble salts.....
  2. I think the truth is industry could make a superior product, but cost/benefit analysis led them away from that long ago.
  3. Nothing at all. I do feel the need to say that the former link of the two French engobe sites is very much earthenware only. Immediately apparent to a French speaker, but maybe not to a non-fluent, or non-speaking browser in the context of a discussion on cone 6 engobes. At cone 6 that much talc and frit might not play so nice. The text of the second link looks very familiar...
  4. I had a semi-ridiculous conversation back in January while working in a studio in town. The crux of my interlocutor’s point was “what’s the point of makig functional ware? Industry does it better, so why try?” She’s a tile artist, and this opinion came out to Tony Clennell on another occasion (according to her). His response was “well, clearly you don’t drink enough tea.” A response I liked. My answer, then unexpressed, is that I prefer a life of messy stories of provenance, and a thoughtful interaction with objects that maybe don’t quite fit, but have flair in their failings. It’s why I prefer OHL hockey to NHL. The showboating for the scouts, sometimes sloppy passes, and skill differences make for a better game. “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” What’s your answer, why do you make functional ware?
  5. Chronic vs. acute poisoning. The battered sweet potatoes were an incident of acute poisoning. This is a studio hazard to be sure, but a less likely one than chronic. Over time barium can cause problems with organ function eventually causing failure. The big one being kidneys. This can be the real hazard.
  6. Monona Rossol’s book is probably a good starting point. It’s generally addressed to artists, not just ceramists, but it should help. Then talk to your GP, talk about your concerns and maybe come up with a strategy. Your doctor is your #1 go to for health info. They may not know everything off the bat, but they know how to get you plugged in to where you need to be. It helps if you know a little about the materials going in, so that you can help the doc orient themselves in the issue. Pairing this with msds sheets (despite their limitations), and independent research will flesh out your knowledge. It’s sortof incumbent on each potter to know about their materials and their risks. But I totally understand how this could be an overwhelming task for some—the research is opaque, sometimes contradictory, and drawing conclusions from numbers can be a little abstract. For those doing research, a general rule: systematic reviews of evidence > meta-analyses > controlled studies > case studies. The WHO puts out a large amount of literature on things like this and its easily accessible by web. I know this isn’t the answer you were hoping for, but I do hope it helps.
  7. Honestas probitasque per se desiderandae.

    1. Min


      Thank goodness for google translator, guessed at most of it. Good tenant to live by.

    2. Tyler Miller

      Tyler Miller

      It’s a paraphrase of Cicero, against the Epicureans.

  8. χαλεπὰ τὰ καλά

    1. LeeU


      Say what?????????//

    2. Tyler Miller

      Tyler Miller

      It's from Plato -- difficult/hard are the good/noble things.

  9. It's not really glaze day if there's no glaze in my hair by the end.

  10. Glazenerd, of course it ignites. That's the point. Actually, I'm going to side with you on this. I've done it, it didn't produce the mess you had in your experience. But it's a a bad idea. The fumes are scary. And zinc oxide is cheaper than zinc. And the reaction needs fumes. Use the powdered zinc to cast with. Make some metal soldiers or something. As long as you can control your temps that's safe. Tom, you're right.
  11. Calcine in bisque firing in a BIG pot. It grows in volume exponentially and may do goofy things like form streamers. Store air tight or you'll have to recalcine; it's hygroscopic. Edit: this makes french process zinc oxide. Edit for diaclaimer (not so much for Wyndham, for whom this is likely obvious): good ventilation and oxidation is a must. Zinc fumes are a bad news. Ask me how I know
  12. Tom's hit on a variable most don't think about--thermal mass. Underwhelming crystals from a regular cooling cycle would benefit from a large, fully packed. extra insulated kiln. There's still a devit window at work, and crystal growth still a function of time within that window. How big is Michael Bailey's kiln?
  13. It's ceramics, not surgery. If you ever feel things are too complex to explain. Remember that you're talking about something that is in books, on other forums, on websites. Others, the "old masters," thought differently. Best, Tyler
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