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Ceramic Raw Materials: Understanding Ceramic Glaze Ingredients and Clay Making Ingredients
Today, we live in an age of super abundance of ceramic raw materials. Innumerable clays and glaze materials offer us a bewildering array of choices. Far from understanding these materials as familiar rocks, feldspars, and clays, each with unique personalities of their own, we know them only as white, gray, or brown powders neatly packaged in uniform bags. Consequently we beg, borrow, and steal glaze and clay body recipes that “work.” Ceramic raw materials come to us from every corner of the earth in a purified and refined state. We no longer live at the source of our ceramic materials as did the potters of ancient times. It now becomes a Herculean feat to know or understand in any meaningful way the flood of ceramic materials at our disposal. Fortunately, it is not necessary to have an intimate understanding of these hundreds of ceramic materials. Ancient potters created their masterpieces from three or four ceramic materials, and, if we similarly narrow our choices, we can also achieve extraordinary results. Ceramic Raw Materials: Understanding Ceramic Glaze Ingredients and Clay Making Materials offers access to that knowledge, including how to formulate a glaze using a glaze core, charts for clays and feldspars found in most clay and glaze recipes, a glossary of common ceramic raw materials, and the primary functions of those materials.
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2012 Ceramic Arts Buyers Guide: A Ceramic Studio Supply Resource
Welcome to the Ceramic Arts Buyers Guide for 2012! If you want to see some of the latest hot new products, find out what’s going on with ceramic materials, or see what hot colors are coming on the scene, then this is a must-have free download. It doesn’t take long to use up ceramic supplies up in the studio, especially if we’re really involved in making average sized pieces. And while you can easily locate ceramic suppliers on the Internet, finding one close to where you live can be a little more challenging. The perfect place to begin your search for pottery supplies is in our Company Locator. Here we’ve included 282 businesses (mostly in the U.S.) that provide pottery tools and ceramic supplies to studio potters everywhere. You may be surprised at what’s within driving distance of your studio!
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Contemporary Pottery: Functional and Conceptual Considerations for Handmade Pottery
Potters have been making pots for a long time, and they have been thinking about what it means to make pots for a long time, but in Contemporary Pottery: Functional and Conceptual Considerations for Handmade Pottery, we have asked several makers of contemporary pottery about specific pottery forms they make and why. Pottery made by hand requires conscious decision making about design, form, surface integration, materials, and techniques at every step in the process — and for every single pot — so each combination can results in completely different results.
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