Articles by Jeff Zamek

Diagnosing Glaze Blisters, Part 1

January 15, 2008
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

September 1, 2007
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

September 1, 2007
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

March 1, 2007
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

September 1, 2006
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

February 2, 2006
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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