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For Flux Sake

Matt and Rose Katz of the Ceramics Materials Workshop and Kathy King of the Ceramics Program at Harvard University discuss listener questions about clay and glaze. This show will have you laughing and learning about the chemistry behind ceramics in no time.

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The Pregnancy Episode

Today on For Flux Sake we have a special episode focused on studio safety and pregnancy. Host Rose Katz talks with Bill Katz, a retired OBGYN with over 40 years of experience, about the potential effects of ceramic materials on pregnancy. For supplemental info, visit the blog at www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com/cmw-blog.  Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art is an online source for research and inspiration, featuring images of thousands of objects made by over 800 artists. The images are high quality and can be used with no permission required, making them a great resource for students and teachers. www.Rosenfieldcollection.com.

58mins

29 Jun 2022

Rank #1

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Does the coefficient of expansion really matter for a glaze?

On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about the coefficient of expansion and its relevance for practical use when planning glazes for your studio. Hint, hint…It’s not as helpful of a measurement as you might think. They also discuss the effect of crazing on clay body strength and how to deal with glaze faults when you work in a communal studio. For supplemental info, visit the blog at www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com/cmw-blog.  Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art is an online source for research and inspiration, featuring images of thousands of objects made by over 800 artists. The images are high quality and can be used with no permission required, making them a great resource for students and teachers. www.Rosenfieldcollection.com.

34mins

15 Jun 2022

Rank #2

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Slippy, Slip, Slip

On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about the definition and dynamics of slip. They also discuss a few helpful tips for once firing. For supplemental info, visit the blog at www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com/cmw-blog.  Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art is an online source for research and inspiration, featuring images of thousands of objects made by over 800 artists. The images are high quality and can be used with no permission required, making them a great resource for students and teachers. www.Rosenfieldcollection.com.

36mins

2 Jun 2022

Rank #3

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Should I be afraid of silicosis?

On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about studio cleanliness and the presence of silica in our community studios. Matt shares a CDC paper on the topic and settles a few misconceptions about the prevalence of silicosis in studio ceramics. For supplemental info, visit the blog at www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com/cmw-blog.  Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art is an online source for research and inspiration, featuring images of thousands of objects made by over 800 artists. The images are high quality and can be used with no permission required, making them a great resource for students and teachers. www.Rosenfieldcollection.com.

39mins

18 May 2022

Rank #4

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For Flux Sake Live! Vol. 1

This week we feature the first ever live taping of For Flux Sake. Our hosts answer listener questions from their Zoom audience about clay for outdoor sculpture, the characteristics of common Frits, and why it’s so hard to make a smooth glaze on dark midrange clay bodies. For supplemental info, visit the blog at www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com/cmw-blog.  Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art is a free online source for research and inspiration, featuring images of thousands of objects made by over 800 artists. www.Rosenfieldcollection.com.

56mins

5 May 2022

Rank #5

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The Four Horsemen of Pinholing

On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts give us the good and bad news about pinholing. Turns out this tricky defect can be caused by four separate problems wrapped into one. Tune in to hear their solutions and the variety of ways you can stop this glaze defect. For supplemental info, visit the blog at www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com/cmw-blog.  We will be hosting our first live taping of an episode on April 18th, 2022. The event will be happening on Zoom and is free to the public. Come prepared with some questions to stump Rose and Matt. You can register at www.brickyardnetwork.org/live. Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art is an online source for research and inspiration, featuring images of thousands of objects made by over 800 artists. The images are high quality and can be used with no permission required, making them a great resource for students and teachers. www.Rosenfieldcollection.com.

34mins

20 Apr 2022

Rank #6

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The gang tackles slip casting

On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about the ins and outs of slip casting. They discuss the dynamics of plaster and why some slip recipes are harder to cast with. For supplemental info, visit the blog at www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com/cmw-blog.  We will be hosting our first live taping of an episode on April 18th, 2022. The event will be happening on Zoom and is free to the public. Come prepared with some questions to stump Rose and Matt. You can register at www.brickyardnetwork.org/live. Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art is an online source for research and inspiration, featuring images of thousands of objects made by over 800 artists. The images are high quality and can be used with no permission required, making them a great resource for students and teachers. www.Rosenfieldcollection.com.

44mins

6 Apr 2022

Rank #7

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What do I do if my kiln loses power?

On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts have a grab bag of listener questions. They talk about dealing with freezing bags of clay, what to do if your kiln loses power mid-firing, and the pros and cons of venting electric kilns. For supplemental info, visit the blog at www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com/cmw-blog.  We will be hosting our first live taping of an episode via Zoom on April 18th, 2022. The event is free to the public but registration is required. Come prepared with super hard questions to stump Rose and Matt. You can register at www.brickyardnetwork.org/live. Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: AMACO Brent www.amaco.com Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art www.Rosenfieldcollection.com.

48mins

23 Mar 2022

Rank #8

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Is my moldy bag of clay really more plastic?

On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about the effect of mold growth on plasticity. They also answer a question about slaking clay and a listener writes in to challenge the gang on bisque temperatures. For supplemental info, visit the blog at www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com/cmw-blog.  Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art is an online source for research and inspiration, featuring images of thousands of objects made by over 800 artists. The images are high quality and can be used with no permission required, making them a great resource for students and teachers. www.Rosenfieldcollection.com.

32mins

9 Mar 2022

Rank #9

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How hot is too hot to open my kiln?

One of the hardest things in ceramics is waiting for your kiln to cool. On today’s episode of For Flux Sake our hosts talk about the threshold for unloading a hot kiln. They also answer a few questions about crazing and discuss why Shino glazes turn fuzzy when they dry. For supplemental info, visit the blog at www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com/cmw-blog.  Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art is an online source for research and inspiration, featuring images of thousands of objects made by over 800 artists. The images are high quality and can be used with no permission required, making them a great resource for students and teachers. www.Rosenfieldcollection.com.

34mins

24 Feb 2022

Rank #10