Articles by Jeff Zamek

Eight Steps to Stop Crazing

November 26, 2008
While crazing is classified as a glaze defect, it can also be corrected by adjusting the clay body. The goal is to adjust the glaze and clay body to cool at a compatible rate with the glaze coming under slight compression.
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Six Easy Steps to Stop Glaze Shivering

November 5, 2008
Though not as common as some other glaze defects, shivering is a severe problem that occurs when the glaze is under too much compression as it cools in the kiln.
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Watch Your Time

October 1, 2008
Time is the one element in making pottery that cannot be replaced if lost. Remember, the more you touch the pots, the greater the cost.
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A Potter's Education

August 21, 2008
Making pottery or working with clay in any capacity requires information, personal experience, training in techniques, endurance, and the ability to turn theory into practical application. Unfortunately, these days, all of the required skills and knowledge are not obtainable at one location.
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Selling Pottery

June 20, 2008
Potters frequently are not aware or do not fully consider costs that can impact the eventual profits on the sale of their pottery.
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Alternative to Salt Glazing

April 1, 2008
In my research, I wanted to maintain the integrity of salt-glazing effects and surfaces without the polluting characteristics of salt glazing.
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Diagnosing Glaze Blisters, Part 4: Glaze Conditions

March 5, 2008
Bubbles forming in leadless glazes are common. Some of the bubbles break the surface of the glaze and remain unhealed as blisters.
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March 1, 2008
Since pottery is an endeavor that involves many steps-any of which can cause total failure-potters often misguidedly cling to a set method or technique that they think will provide a guaranteed result.
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Diagnosing Glaze Blisters, Part 3: Clay Body Conditions

February 28, 2008
Blisters can be caused by a number of conditions that exist within the clay body itself.
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Diagnosing Glaze Blisters, Part 2: Kiln Firing Conditions

January 31, 2008
This next installment details firing conditions that can cause these defects, as well as some of the corrective measures that potters can take to avoid them.
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