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laguna open air tile setters

updated wed 30 apr 97


LINDA BLOSSOM on sun 13 apr 97

I was wondering if anyone else on the list is using the Laguna open air
tile setters? I've made a few modifications to them - like cutting the
upright side pieces in order to create shorter setters that are easier to
handle. It also makes it easier to load if I have more than just tiles and
don't have enough tiles to fill a 15" high shelf space. However, the one
problem I am having is rod breakage. I have setters come out with rods
broken during the firing. The tiles are not excessively heavy and I am not
firing too high. I talked with Joe Koonz at Laguna and he didn't know what
to say since, he says, no one else seems to be having the problem. So I
thought I would ask and see if I am the only one with this problem.

Linda Blossom
2366 Slaterville Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

Jonathan Kaplan on mon 14 apr 97

Linda: you may wish to consider commercial tile setters, manufactured by
any number of refractory companies here. Simple cordierite compositions are
well suited for temperatures to cone 9-10 in a reducing atmosphere and they
are available in many configurations. Check out Ceramic Data Book or The
American Cermaic Society "Source" for companies. I have seen some tile
setters available from ceramic supply houses, but you may wih to contact
Ferro, New Castle, Acme
Marls, if you need some quantity.

I would stay away from tile setters that use any kind of rods to support
your ware. Commercial tile setters can fully support the entire back side
of your tile. There are also some that just support the sides, and some
really nifty corner tile setters that just support at the corners.

Good Luck


Jonathan Kaplan
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