Ceramics Committee

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Committees are voluntary groups, formed by members in order to achieve certain goals.
To join this committee, contact the committee chairperson. See Rules and Policies#Committees for more information.

Upcoming Events & Projects

Alternative Clay Bodies Event:

Mica Clay Deadline - May 13 - Have all mica clay body greenware pieces on the alternative clay bodies shelf (above the kiln hardware) by end of day on Sunday, May 13. Pieces will be fired some time in the following week.

Porcelain/Cone 10 Deadline - May 20 - Have all pieces bisqued and glazed and on the alternative clay bodies shelf by end of day on Sunday, May 20. Pieces will be fired some time in the following week.

Purpose

- To educate members on pottery, stained glass, fused glass, glass bead making, metal casting, and other projects or arts that would fall under the category of "fired arts".

- To share resources, especially knowledge, of metal casting, pottery & glass; with an emphasis on collaboration.


Sand Casting

Members

How to join:

1- Send a PM to @Team_Ceramics on the Talk forum, letting us know you're interested.

2- Add your name (alphabetical by last name) to the "Members" section of this wiki page.


  • Chair: Christy Cooper
  • Beth Appleton
  • Tom Cook
  • Cairn Day
  • Andrew Garcia
  • Jen Garcia
  • Jennifer Goss
  • Dan Henderson
  • Nathan Jones
  • John Kulenschmidt
  • Jason Middleton
  • Heidi Phillips
  • April Pruitt
  • Jaynee Purchase
  • Shirley Reeves
  • Diana Rhodes
  • Amna Soomro

Discussion and Online References

DMS Talk Forum

https://talk.dallasmakerspace.org/c/ceramics

Facebook DMS Fired Arts Forum

https://www.facebook.com/groups/352881235071266/

Ceramic Arts daily

Hsinchuen Lin

Tim See

Suppliers

Here is a link to our page for Fired arts suppliers.

For the hobbyist potter in the DFW, your best bets are Trinity Ceramics in Dallas and American in Fort Worth. Trinity Ceramics know most of the local studios and if you need any help in shopping, just let Kay or Connor know that you are firing at DMS. Somewhere in the Metroplex is a Hobby Lobby that sells stoneware clay. It’s made by Amaco, and it matures at Cone 5, and cheerfully fires up to Cone 10 with no ill effect. Each type of clay you might buy will be a little different, but apparently they have a range of effective temperatures that they work at.

Getting Started in Ceramics

Our community firings are cone 04/05 bisque and cone 6 glaze. So Cone 6 is a good beginning selection.

Stoneware
Stoneware clays fire great at 6 and are a good basic clay.

Porcelain
The cone 6 porcelain Frost is tricky to dry, throws well mind you, but prone to weird cracks. You have to dry it very, very slowly.

A cone 6 alternative of choice is T-Mix, no grog and it fires pretty darn white. Throws beautifully as well.

There are several more cone 6 clays available at Trinity that will give you an assortment of colors/effects.

Glazes
For glazes, a good place to start is with mid-fire glazes. Some glaze suppliers muddy the waters by using ‘High Fire’ to mean 6 while most consider ‘High Fire’ to be 10+. Ignore the text and check for the cone range to be sure.

Amaco 5/6 glazes are a nice place to start as they have a detailed website and a strong community so you can find a lot of information/photos or results. Their Celadon line is formulated to be mixed (which is novel in glazes) and their Potter’s Choice line runs deep and can be layered for fantastic results.

Spectrum, Coyote and Mayco also have excellent glazes.

Tools

  • 5 wheels:

1 Shimpo VL-Whisper Machine Manual

1 Shimpo RK-Whisper Machine Manual

2 Brent Classic CXC [Product descriptionhttp://www.amaco.com/products/wheel-cxc-110v?ref=2&taxon_id=255 Product description]

1 other wheel

  • 3 kilns:

2 Paragon Sentry 2.0 kilns. DMS Fires at Cone 6.

1 Delphi Jen-Ken 15-6 ez pro kiln < currently not in use>

Important note: At this time, only members of the Firing Team are allowed to fire kilns. If you would like to fire your own work, please contact the Fired Arts Chair to discuss. For non-standard firing schedules (Fired Arts does community firings to Cones 04 and 6), please send requests to both the FA Chairperson and head of the Firing Team. DMS Talk: cmcooper0 and dryad2b. Once approved, the firing will be added to the calendar. Community needs will take precedence over individual firings. In order to schedule, there must be a full kiln load (or close to it) ready to fire. Partial kiln loads will only be fired at the discretion of the Chair and Firing Team. You must be present for both loading and (prompt) unloading. Link to view-only Google Calendar

  • Various potter tools such as sponges, wooden and metallic ribs, loop trimming tools, double sided ribbon trimming tools, heavy duty needle tools, cut off wires, and aluminum and wood scrapers, bats, cutters etc.
  • Glazes: various Amaco and Coyote glazes
  • Free clay is available for use. Check out the "Free clay" bucket. Please leave the towel so we can keep the clay moist.

Consumables & Consumables Fees

When using Ceramics committee glazes, we ask you to donate what you feel is appropriate based on your usage (suggested donation: $1-$5). Donations to the Ceramics department glaze box go towards keeping the shelf stocked with a variety of styles and colors. The donation box is located on top of the glaze shelf.

Cleaning requirements

Be aware that there is no water. We’ve got boatloads of plastic things to fill with water, and when you’re ready to clean up, the sink in the janitor’s closet has the clay trap so that you can pour your wash water there.

How to clean DMS Ceramics Committee? Please see attached.

File:CleaningPosterFA.jpg
How to Clean DMS Fired Arts

File:CleaningPosterFA.pdf

Remember to leave a clean area for your fellow potters and that includes cleaning up the wheel, sweeping the floor, putting things away and cleaning up the table.

Future Projects

  • Stained Glass
  • Handbuilt Pottery/Throwing
  • Glaze

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes