For Flux Sake Podcast
CMW’s Matt and Rose Katz join co-host Kathy King to answer your burning questions about clay and glaze in a comical, albeit insightful way. Check out the latest episodes of For Flux Sake below or subscribe on your favorite podcast app.
Episode 41 – Should I trust my cones or my thermocouple during a firing?
On today’s episode of For Flux Sake, our hosts talk about the best way to measure progress in a firing. They also talk about Chat GPT and the potential for artificial intelligence in ceramics, as well as answer questions about quartz inversion and firing schedules.
Episode 40 – Why does my glaze leave flash marks on the clay?
Today the gang checks in after an exciting trip to NCECA. They also take questions about glaze recycling, hard water, and sodium flashing.
Episode 39 – For Flux Sake Live! Vol. 2
For today’s episode, we have a live taping from this year’s NCECA conference in Cincinnati, OH. Kathy, Matt, and Rose took questions from the audience about glaze development and mysterious kiln reactions.
Episode 38 – Does clay really have memory?
On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about clay memory and why some slab-built things warp. They also discuss delayed pinging and the aging of glazed work.
Episode 37 – What do I do if my glaze is hard panning?
On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about dipping glazes and what to do when your glaze hard pans at the bottom of the bucket.
Episode 36 – Why do so many cultures use unglazed pots for cooking?
On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts dive down the rabbit hole of unglazed ceramics and vitrification. Along the way Matt talks about the history of kiln technology while also offering to fight any ancient Grecians who might be listening to the podcast. It gets wild.
Episode 35 – What’s the deal with Yellow Iron Oxide and Red Iron Oxide? Are they the same?
On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts answer a handful of questions about material substitutions. They talk about the similarities between iron and cobalt colorants, and which raw materials you can interchange for others.
Episode 34 – Is it ok to recycle my throwing clay and use it as a casting slip?
On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts answer three questions about clay bodies. They talk about how you make casting slip, determining when it is ok to mix clay bodies together, and whether or not aging your clay makes a difference for plasticity.
Episode 33 – What is the best way to transport glazed bisque ware to the kiln?
On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about the best ways to transport glazed pots from your home studio to the community kiln and why black underglaze can have trouble staying smooth at cone 10. They also return to a discussion from a previous episode about the practicality of using beach sand as a clay or glaze material.
Episode 32 – The Kiln Episode…and holiday gift guide!
On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts celebrate the holiday season with their ceramic gift guide. They also answer three questions about kilns and firing, including differences in kiln types, practical tools for maintenance, and whether water or air is to blame for explosions during firing.