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Keeping Record of your work Part VI

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The major aim of my posts in this series is to emphasize on keeping records of all what you in the studio. I can assure you this is extremely helpful to learn and to increase ones experience.

The posts started somewhat 'upside -down' with the intention to show that there is more than just keeping track of a recipe or a firing. Nevertheless, I repeat that everything related to your work is worth to be recorded.

I use Filemaker Pro as the database system. For sure, there are other means. It depends what is useful and available for you.

I try to put a screen dump of the main page (layout: 'Full Info') here. It is very big window and I need to scroll to see everything. The picture may by this be of low quality, sorry for that.


The best is that I give a breakdown what fields are used and what they contain per record. Each record contains the full information of one ceramic piece. Fortunately, Filemaker allows to make different layouts, so that one can obtain a customized window with less cluttered fields.




Fields Content


Bisque number: I use unique numbers for each piece. The format is: yymmdd plus a suffix for each object of that day.


Firing date: The date of the glaze firing


Clay: The type of clay used


Slip: The type of slip used if any


Glaze: The glaze code


Kiln type /program : Gas kiln or electric (with ramp program n°)


Atmosphere : Oxidation or Reduction


Reduction from : Temperature at which the reduction is started


Glaze T°: Cone number at which the glaze is fired


Cone T° range : If any, the temperature range in which glaze can be fired


Re-fired : If the piece had to be re-fired: date


Type: Earthenware, Stoneware, Porcelain, Raku


Object description : Brief description of the ceramic object


Glaze remark : Remarks on glaze: faults, appreciation...


Original comment : If the glaze came from a book or elsewhere: the comment of the author


General : General comment on the object: esthetics, faults, intended use, ...


Source : Reference to the article or book where the glaze came from


Score : (for fun) number of stars as appreciation from 0 (= destroyed) to 5 stars


Glaze recipe (box): The glaze recipe with the colorants added separately


Picture: Picture of the object


Detail : Macro picture of glaze detail


Firing diagram : As shown in part I


Si/Al plot : As shown in part II


Ternary plot : As shown in part III


Limit graph : As shown in part IV


Thermal expansion graph: As shown in part V


INSIGHT Data general : Si/Al, SiB/Al, thermal expansion, LOI, ...from INSIGHT


INSIGHT Chemistry : Unity formula, Limits and Molar %


Further, there are knobs and links to shortcut to other layouts, databases ...

Several fields contain drop-down menu's for easy completion.

For multiple glazes applied on the object, tabs are provided to show the respective recipes


My database contains over 500 records today.


I hope this all helps to keep things organized and is helpful to increase the potter's experience.









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So, girls and boys, think what you like...


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