Robert Wilt on fri 19 jun 98
The one thing these three have in common is me, and I have
an announcement about each. Also some book recommendations
at the bottom (books about clay/glaze materials).
Studio Potter just started a new program called the
"member referral program". With this program you can earn
credit toward Studio Potter back issues and books by recruiting
new subscribers and members. The credit is not shabby,
either - $3 credit per new subscriber. For details and for flyers
and forms that you can print and copy:
LogRead - If you don't know what LogRead is - it's a Windows program
for reading ClayArt digest files and monthly log files. There is
a new version on my web site - it is not much different from the old
version except that it can translate quoted-printable sequences
(those equal sign codes that appear in some ClayArt messages). You
can either click a toolbar button to translate them before your eyes,
or have them translated automatically when you open the file.
Logread is shareware; upgrade to new version is free.
GlazeChem - new Windows 95 version still in progress - but there
are some extra material data files on my web site. There are a
good 350+ materials in these files, including all the standard
stuff but also a variety of plant ashes, a substantial (but still
incomplete) set of frits, Japanese materials, Seger cone
compositions, etc. The notes with each material list the analyses
for that material from each of the sources I checked - very interesting
to compare. Also included are several sets of limit formulas from
different books, and some substitution data. All these files are
readable by GlazeChem, but could also be read from a text editor or
word processor (but they don't look very nice). Although GlazeChem
is shareware, these files are free.
Same URL as above - check bottom of GlazeChem page.
By the way, the best overall source of material data I found was
IMC's "Magic of Fire Reference". Not quite perfect, but getting there.
Available on their web site - http://www.digitalfire.com. My second
great discovery of the year was Mimi Obstler's "Out of the Earth, Into
the Fire." I'd seen it recommended on ClayArt before, but it took a while
for me to get it. Fascinating reading, and a lot of test results to
absorb. The book really helps you to feel the connection between the
powders you mix to make glazes, and the geological sources from which