Sunday, November 25, 2018

New Glaze added to Studio palette

Hello RAL Potters. We are restarting our blog to aid in communicating information about the glazes we use in the RAL pottery.

New glaze tests

Rutile green - this glaze is best applied thinly over other glazes for effect. Good as a layer over Nutmeg, Licorice, Byrne.

Red orange - may appear to be thick. Needs a very quick dip or a lot of cracking will occur. When properly applied produces red gloss and breaks well over texture as seen here in this test. Note: we are continuing to have problems with this one. We can adjust it and get good results as you can see on this test tile, but it reverts to it’s flaking problems when it sits for a few days. Use this at your discretion, but if you do make sure you do a quick dip and rub any cracks which might appear.

Nutmeg - very good test trial. See the test tiles on the glaze board for various glazes applied over this glaze.

Byrne - may appear to be too transparent. We adjusted this batch to try to control the gelling we often get with this glaze.  Dip twice for a heavier coat for  less transparency. Use one coat for a breaking glaze. Also check the glaze board for the results of glazes apples as a layer over this glaze.

VG Clear - note the new batch test was for one dip. You could get a heavier coat by applying two layers

Matte White and Matte Black - we have had several requests for matte glazes for the studio. these are two possible mattes. Note that they are very opaque (they are mattes!), but are very stable and food safe. Check these tiles in the studio and give us feedback on whether or not you think we should add them to our studio glaze palette.

Oribe - new tests are good, but note the tendency to run (drips on the side). Several people have had good results layering other glazes over Oribe. Given its tendency to run it may be best to use this as a lighter first coat.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Hello All,

Today we will finish off the Robin Hopper "Form and Functon" series and move on to "Handmade Tiles: Designing, Making, Decorationg"  with Frank Giorgini.

See you at Lunch (12:00)

Jeff Stickle

Monday, July 28, 2014


July 28, 2014

Now that the kid's classes are over we are back to regular hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for Open Studio in August

Friday August 8, 2014 - No Open Studio on that date due due to setting up for the Outdoor Show.

The week of August 10-15, 2014.  This is the week between the two weekends of the annual Outdoor Show.  THERE WILL BE NO OPEN STUDIO DURING THAT WEEK.  The Chambers Studio is used for art storage and  various other things during that week so no open studio.

Monday and Tuesday August 25 and 26, 2014.  _ There is no Open Studio on these two days because the Jane Shatz workshop will be those days.  You may recall this workshop was scheduled earlier but it had to be cancelled due to some health issue that Jane had. Generally, There are no Open Studio days during pottery workshops.

Looking forward to seeing you in August.

Tuesday July 29, 2014 Brown Bag Lunch

On Tuesday July 29, 2014 we will be continuing last week's video of Robin Hopper Talking about Form and Function.  Please Join us at 12:00 noon.

Monday, July 21, 2014

BROWN BAG LUNCH PROGRAM FOR Tuesday July 22, 2013 - Robin Hopper

Hello All,  The Brown Bag presentation for TUESDAY JULY 22, 2014 will be the first disc of Robin Hopper's Form & Function Ceramic Aesthetics where he will talk about Elements of Form, then Lids and Terminations.  Please Join us.

REMEMBER Open Studio will start at 12:30 on Tuesday and so will the Brown Bag Lunch.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Brown Bag 6.30.14

The Brown  Bag program on Tues. will feature the last segment of Jayne Shatz' DVD on slab building and  a DVD of Maria Martinez' southwest pots and firing(thanks Jeff).

Wednesday, June 25, 2014