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  1. Lately I've been trying to do some new stuff with slips. I make my slips by using my porcelain trimmings, mixed with stains and/or oxides. I've experimented a bit with adding titania to some slips, which gives a different surface to some glazes applied over the slip-- glazes that are on the edge of developing matte surfaces will go matte reliably over the slips. But I'm wondering if I could make slips more reactive or to put it another way, more interactive with both body and glaze by adding small amounts of flux to them... say 5 % of gerstley borax. This might not be a good idea when slips need to retain a hard edge, as in some resist work, but an example of what I'm trying to do is to spray bands of colored slips onto pots and have those bands interact and fuse in an interesting way. Has anyone experimented with fluxed slips made from a porcelain body, and what were the results? Or do you know of potters who have explored this area?
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