[Clayart] Bisque

Paul Gerhold gerholdclay at gmail.com
Tue Jul 23 17:44:51 EDT 2019

Isn't the interesting part of clay being too far afield. Pushing the boundaries is what makes art different from craft. 


> On Jul 23, 2019, at 3:46 PM, Joseph Herbert <josephherbert827 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello
> Bisquing temperature practice has a wide range, from none (once fire) to
> the highest temperature the ware is exposed to (high end porcelain dinner
> ware).  Our “normal studio “ bisquing/glazing/firing practice seems to run
> to cone04 bisquing, slurry glaze application, and cone 10 reduction
> firing.  It doesn’t have to be that way.
> There are stories among elder potters about the absence on non-commercial
> pottery information when they started out.  The Leach “Potters Book”,
> Rhodes “clay and glazes” and others started to change that.   The build up
> of published studio experience since the middle of the last century has
> been largely in that 04 bisque/cone10 final firing.  Perhaps this is partly
> a result of the energy rich societies of the post-industrial western world;
> perhaps the results achieved with the available materials drives these
> choices.
> Generally , people resist change unless or until their current practice
> produces unacceptable results.  And not even then sometimes...  A lot of
> what is done in ceramics is, because the materials and interactions are so
> complex, empirical and even traditional .  Also, as Mel noted, there are
> other paths.  However, if one ventures too far afield, the pool of
> knowledge and experience shrinks and you can have problems that are
> uniquely your own, as will be the answers (if any).  Sort of like the world
> without Clayart.
> Joe
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