Articles by Jeff Zamek

Diagnosing Glaze Blisters, Part 1

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Glaze blistering can really tax potters’ investigative abilities. Any exploration into this common defect will require an analysis of kiln firing, clay body and glaze conditions.
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POTTERY PRODUCTION PRACTICES: Putting the Fire in Clay

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Understanding the characteristics of fireclays and how they are mined and processed can offer valuable information regarding their use in any ceramic project.  
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POTTERY PRODUCTION PRACTICES: Mixing it Up

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The thorough blending and grinding of glaze and raw materials can yield consistent results in a finished glaze.    
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POTTERY PRODUCTION PRACTICES: Sourcing Raw Materials: A Cautionary Tale

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A diverse and thorough knowledge of raw materials is the potter's only recourse in the present environment of fewer material options.   
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PPP: Ergonomic Rib Tools

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Using tools that reduce fatigue and injury translates into increased productivity and profit for production potters
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POTTERY PRODUCTION PRACTICES: Stoneware Clay Body Formulas Part 3

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Clay body additives and the right mixing techniques can be used to accelerate the aging process and achieve an optimum level of plasticity. When creating a stoneware clay body formula, one of the most important characteristics is plasticity. The unique attributes displayed by clay/water structures contribute to the plastic qualities of moist clay.
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