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 21 – Slippy, Slip, Slip
On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about the definition and dynamics of slip. They also discuss a few helpful tips for once firing.
Episode 20 – Should I be afraid of silicosis?
On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about studio cleanliness and the presence of silica in our community studios. Matt shares a CDC paper on the topic and settles a few misconceptions about the prevalence of silicosis in studio ceramics.
Episode 19 – For Flux Sake Live! Vol. 1
This week we feature the first ever live taping of For Flux Sake. Our hosts answer listener questions from their Zoom audience about clay for outdoor sculpture, the characteristics of common Frits, and why it’s so hard to make a smooth glaze on dark midrange clay bodies.
Episode 18 – The Four Horseman of Pinholing
On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts give us the good and bad news about pinholing. Turns out this tricky defect can be caused by four separate problems wrapped into one. Tune in to hear their solutions and the variety of ways you can stop this glaze defect.
Episode 17 – The gang tackles slip casting
On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about the ins and outs of slip casting. They discuss the dynamics of plaster and why some slip recipes are harder to cast with.
Episode 16 – What do I do if my kiln loses power?
On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts have a grab bag of listener questions. They talk about dealing with freezing bags of clay, what to do if your kiln loses power mid-firing, and the pros and cons of venting electric kilns.
Episode 15 – Is my moldy bag of clay really more plastic?
On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about the effect of mold growth on plasticity. They also answer a question about slaking clay and a listener writes in to challenge the gang on bisque temperatures.
Episode 14 – How hot is too hot to open my kiln?
One of the hardest things in ceramics is waiting for your kiln to cool. On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about the threshold for unloading a hot kiln. They also answer a few questions about crazing and discuss why Shino glazes turn fuzzy when they dry (pictured above).
Episode 13 – How does layering affect the chemical composition of glazes?
Have you ever wondered why your glazes change so much when you layer them? On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about combining glazes and they also discuss the carbon foot print of pottery making.
Episode 12 – Help! Why is my colemanite spitting?
There’s nothing like the disappointment of opening a kiln full of glazes that spit all over the shelves. On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about how you can fix that issue and they also answer a listener question about liner glazes.