Ken Horstman Studios

Loading the Glaze Kiln

Today I started glazing some pots for the next glaze firing and will be firing in the next day or two.  I’m hoping to have the images up on the website in the upcoming weeks and adding new products to my website shop In the next several weeks.  So keep your eyes open for that.  I will be contacting people on my mailing list, letting them know of the new postings when they are available.  If you want to be notified make sure to leave your  information  on my contact page and I’ll add you to my mailing list. 

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Waxing Tip

For years I’ve been using Wax On, Wax Resist From The Ceramic Shop using my Banding wheel or by hand.  It can get to be a bit time consuming so I’ve come up with some waxing hacks that you may fine useful.   

First: I put my pot on my wheel and use my  Giffen Grip to center my pot.

Second: I thin my Wax On with a little water for ease of use for the first coat of wax and then I do a second coat using  the Wax On straight from the bottle.  This ensures an even coat and prevents having to do multiples passes with the thicker wax.   ( If I’m worried of any kind of running from the glaze.  I add little alumina or dry kiln wash to the wax on .  It will not burn off of stick to the glazes, but does need some trial and error to perfect).

Hope you try this method, I’m sure it will work with.  Here are the links again for Wax On from The Ceramic Shop.  Giffen Grip is available from many pottery supply store as well as The Ceramic Shop.    

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Another Helpful Site

Here’s a mailing list that’s full of great ideas and resources, it’s Ceramics Art Daily  ceramicsartsdaily.org   They send you tips such as How To Keep Your Wax Brushes Safe and Ready For Use!  They also sell very good books and videos that are very helpful on a wide range of topics.  

Speaking of wax I prefer to use Mark’s Wax On from theceramicshop.com  Check it out if you are looking for an alternative to traditional wax resist.

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