|Other potters visiting our
workshop have often shared their ideas with us, as we have
with them. This is easier to do if the information is
already set up as a computer print-out, like the pdf
documents available on this page.. If you have similar
good ideas of your own, we'd like to hear them too.
Formula made easy
page 9 kB
W = G(L-1000)/(G-1)
Ouch. That's too hard!
|This is a re-working of the
traditional Brongniart's formula, which deals with the
amount of dry matter suspended in a glaze or slip. Useful
when you want to add percentage amounts of another
ingredient to an already-existing glaze.
|Make Your Own
pages 662 kB
||Written out originally as a
submission to the magazine "Pottery Making Illustrated".
|Water Etching... a well kept
pages 122 kB
||Another article written
originally for "Pottery Making Illustrated", a bit more
detailed than the version eventually printed.
|The Kiln Exhaust
pages 92 kB
||A do-it-yourself version
of an expensive oxy-probe, built for just a few
dollars using an exhaust gas oxygen sensor from a car
engine. After using one for over a hundred firings in a
gas kiln, it's hard to imagine going back to the old days
when reduction was judged by the presence of smoke and
|Building a Pugmill
pages 980 kB
measurements made during the construction of two
successful home-made pugmills. A good place to start if
you're thinking of making one too.
|The Glaze Spraying Book
pages 122 kB
||A much larger file this
one, 25 pages of practical ideas about applying glazes
with a spray gun.
page 48 kB
||Instructions for making a
floating-straw hydrometer, to measure the specific gravity
of a glaze. Useful if you mix your own glazes, and
want reproducible results every time.
Stencil Ideas to Share
pages 290 kB
||This is the draft of an article originally
prepared for Pottery Making Illustrated, and eventually
published in Sep/Oct 2013 under the title "Stayput
Stencils". As always, the text had to be edited and the
images re-arranged to suit the magazine layout, so the
original draft contains more information than the
Engineering for the Potter
Another article prepared for Pottery Making Illustrated, this one published in Nov/Dec 2015. A quick, simple method for calculating the "wet" dimensions required, to allow for shrinkage when making a copy of an existing pot.
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