Ken Horstman Studios

Useful Tools for Potters

There are two tools that all potters should be using no matter their skill level and or experience.  A sketchbook,  and a notebook.   Both should be of sizes that are easy to access and take with you .  If you think of an idea about what you want to make sketch it out, if you see a copy that you like sketch it out.  You can take photos and keep them in a folder and sketch it later.  The piece will be more your vision them just a copy.   Keep a list of what you want to make the amount the variations etc.  List wha glazes may look good on the piece.  

You note should keep your firing schedules, any variations the cycle when you start reducing if it’s a reduction firing. any soaks or holds you added.  

Make a list of each piece in the firing , what it was glazed with, any glaze combination and location in the kiln.  List what time the kiln was started the weather conditions, for example temperature in your kiln room, raining out side etc… Refer to your firing histories often.

So always keep these tools handy they are so much personal then a phone or a computer and being in touch with all processes can make you grow as a potter

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Wax Resist

For the last several years I have used WAX ON from The Ceramic Shop it’s a water based wax resist.  It’s good for waxing the feet and lids of jars.  It has a purple color and WAX ON  will burn off in the firing process.  WAX ON can be a  little unforgiving when you make a mistake especially when using in the decorating process.

If your bottle becomes a little dry just add some very hot water and give it a shake and it will thin out.  Use caution with the amount of water you use as it’s easy to get thin but hard to thicken.  

The Ceramic Shop also has WAX OFF which is removable wax product that acts more like latex.  Use this link WAX OFF to find out more.  I have never used this product but sounds interesting.  WAX OFF must be removed before firing

The Ceramic Shop is not a sponsor of Ken Horstman Studios, but is a place I use my own money for many of my ceramic supplies.

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