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For questions involving creation, modification, or repairing of pottery. Pottery includes the process of forming objects with clay or other ceramic materials, and the products of this process.

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Multi-unit pottery kiln - how hot can it go?

I am inheriting an old electric kiln. It has three stackable heating elements and the data plates on each stacking ring says "Petterson Multi-Unit Kiln", I can't seem to find much about this on Google....
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How to cut a mug without breaking it?

This question is a kind follow up to this other question. Indeed, now that I know how to glue pieces of mugs, I'd like to know how to cut them. The idea is to get some cheap IKEA mugs with various ...
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How to glue mug pieces

What are good materials to neatly glue mug pieces together? Moreover, the final object should be: - waterproof, - food-safe and - heat proof (as stated by @SF, this last requirement makes things ...
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Is there a way to cast solid ceramics?

I am familiar with slip casting. However, I've never seen it done with something that was completely solid before. I've only seen it done with varying wall thicknesses for things like vases. Could it ...
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Is epoxy a reasonable adhesive choice for repairing pottery?

I need to repair a cracked pottery bowl - an epoxy seems like a reasonable choice since there are some gaps of around 1mm width. The material seems fairly porous, and is maybe 3-4mm thick. Obviously ...
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Some guidelines to create a silicone mold of this flower pot object

I have a 3D printer in which I can print the attached object for use as a planter. I am assuming that the easiest molding process would be to use a silicone mold. As a first timer for creating a mold, ...
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Can I use epoxy to stabilize/restore 18th century giant pottery?

I have this giant ancient oil jar (18th century) outside of my house, and it has been an outside decoration since ~1960 and it probably has suffered from the winter temperatures. It's a pretty big ...
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Can I use sodium hydroxide to remove glaze from fired pottery?

I am interested in upcycling second-hand crockery by reglazing it, for example the porcelain plates, bowls, and cups that are abundant in second-hand stores. I need a way to remove the outer glaze to ...
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Can I add more clay to an object for reinforcement?

yesterday I made a vase (shape is like a regular mug without handle) using regular clay. It was my first pottery attempt. I made it using two slabs, one circular for the base and one rectangle rolled ...
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What is the easiest way to wax the bottom of a ceramic pot before glazing?

What is the fastest way (i.e. most efficient way) to wax a ceramic pot before glazing. I'm starting to do production pottery and need to find the quickest way to wax the bottom of pots without wasting ...
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Ceramics and shellac

I'm exploring water etching by painting designs on bone dry clay with amber shellac. I paint on 2 coats (wait 30 minutes between coats) and then wait overnight before I begin the water etching process....
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Food-Safe Plaster-Like Material

Does anyone know of a hard, heavy, moldable material (like plaster or cement) that is also food-safe? I’m looking for something to make bowls and cups without kiln firing like I would have to with ...
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Cheap Pottery Refractory Material [closed]

I am trying to build an electric kiln for firing pottery, so I need a really high temperature. I intend to use kanthanal wire for the heating element. The problem I am facing is the refractory ...
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Can I continue/restart firing kiln after error

What is the best thing to do after an error mid-firing? Background: I started a cone 6 glaze firing (honyaki) this morning in the hope I could beat the outside temperature (predicted to get to 31°C (...
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