I guess I like to write. Prior to coauthoring Mastering Cone 6 Glazes I wrote several articles some of which have been published in the ceramic literature and at least one of which has not been published except on this web site.
That "unpublished" one is of special interest to me because it documented part of the literature search I did to get some background on glaze stability before I did the research for the book. Therefore it is the first of the articles I have chosen to put in this section. Chose it from the menu above to read it in your browser or click here for the pdf version that can be downloaded and distributed to your heart's content.
Have you ever bought a pitcher that dribbled more than it poured? I have. I got intrigued by this problem as I was working on my pottery-making skills. I found that whole theses have been written on the subject. I tried in this article, which was published in Clay Times, to boil it down to the basics which would prove useful to functional potters.
Early in my pottery-making career I had a lot of trouble with cracking and warping of my pots. So again, I studied, learned, and tried to reduce what I had learned to writing that would be useful to other potters. This article was published in 2 parts in the Nov/Dec 1997 and Jan/Feb 1998 issues of Clay Times.
Having good images of your work is critical to a potter. They are needed not only for use on a web site like this but for applications for shows and exhibitions. When I first started writing on this subject, the articles were based on using film. Remember film? It hasn't been so long ago (the late 1990s) that all shows, exhibitions, and publications required high quality slides. But articles written about taking high quality slides are now dinasaurs. So I have rewritten my thoughts on this subject for the digital world. I used it mostly to help fellow members of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen improve the images they were submitting to our shows. But the article is reproduced here also--read in it your browser by choosing it from the menu above or download it as a pdf file.