Articles by Jeff Zamek

Getting Stuck

We have all seen technically proficient pots with little if any aesthetic statement other than the thinness of the wall or the curve of the handle. While such pots are good in the sense that they work and are well-executed in technique, there is an empty space behind the perfection.
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Understanding Clay Body Formulation, Part 3

Choose the moist clay body that fits your firing temperature, forming method and kiln atmosphere.
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Understanding Clay Body Formulation, Part 2

A moist clay must be all things to everyone and still be distinctive.
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Understanding Clay Body Formulation

This three-part series will discuss the many business and technical issues that should be considered when creating/evaluating a clay body formulation.
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Soluble Glaze Materials

Many potters do not fully realize the potential problems caused by the use of highly soluble glaze materials.
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Discontinued Feldspar

Feldspars play a critical role in mid-range (cone 6, 2232°F) and high-temperature (cone 9, 2300°F) clay body and glaze formulas. Acting as a flux, they help bring other materials into a vitreous melt.
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Acquiring Ceramic Knowledge

While formal four-year undergraduate or two-year graduate school ceramic programs are certainly useful, there is much to be learned from the “hands on” training in the day-to-day operation of a pottery studio.
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PPP: Clearing the Air

The very nature of working with clay and glaze materials can propel micron-sized particles into the studio environment.
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Factors Influencing Ceramic Material Melting

In some unfortunate instances, the forming, drying and glazing of the pottery can all be negated by the final glaze firing.
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Bisque Firing

Bisque firing of ceramic forms is an intermediate step in the process of an eventual glaze firing. It makes the clay body stable for a water-based glaze application without deforming the pottery.
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