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CMW Commercial Clay Body Profile Testing
Over the past several years, the CMW team has collected and tested scores of commercially available clay bodies. The results are meant to help our students understand how these clay bodies perform to make their studios the best that they can be. Click below button to find results of the bodies that have been tested to date. We plan to add additional profiles as we continue to test additional clay bodies.
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Figure 1Figure 2Ceramic Cone Chart: Kiln Firing Rates Have you ever glanced at those perplexing columns detailing different firing temperatures for the same cone number and wondered what they truly signify? If so, you're not alone. These columns hold vital insights...
Ceramic Cones: "Heatwork" In the world of ceramics, the term "heatwork" is often used to describe the process of firing clay and glazes in kilns. However, as any experienced potter or ceramic artist will tell you, this term doesn't quite capture the complexity of...
Ceramic Cones: Understanding the Perfect Cone Bend Do you work in pottery or ceramics? If so, you've likely encountered the concept of cone temperature readings. For those new to the craft, understanding the intricacies of cone readings can be a bit like deciphering...
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On today’s episode the gang talk about deciphering the labels on your commercial glazes. They also answer listener questions about standard bisquing temperatures in the U.S., and if there is a toxicity risk when using lead glazed wares from the 19th century. Listen...
On today’s episode the gang talk about recycling clay, knowing how hot a slip or glaze can be fired, and tips for running a community studio. Listen here! If you have a ceramic chemistry question or problem you’d like help with, send us a voice memo with your...
Glazes gone rogue? The gang dives into the beauty of “flaws” (some call them character!), fake reduction glazes with silicon carbide, and the art of restaurant-ready dinnerware. Listen here! If you have a ceramic chemistry question or problem you’d like help...
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