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Making and using Wadding for pot bottoms w/ Tony Ferguson

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Published on Oct 1, 2017

Making Wadding with Tony Ferguson. http://www.tonyferguson.net
Some people had asked about what was wadding and why do I wad? The simple answer is to protect the kiln shelves. I wad because I use runny glazes and fire in a variety of kilns including wood and gas. If you use runny glazes, this is a good practice what ever type of kiln you fire in. I find it easier to grind a glaze off a pot than one fused to a kiln shelf. The video demonstrates how to make and apply wads to the bottom of pots. If you do not use runny glazes, or firing in an atmosphere that causes glazes to run, you do not need to do this. Wadding can be made from your Clay body + grog + sawdust. Or, you can also use straight kaolin as well. Another wedding recipe is = parts kaolin & alumina hydrate. That said, I like flame getting underneath my pieces. Wadding is small enough that it will not explode in the kiln unless you do an exceptionally fast firing. There is no voice over in this video at this time.

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