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Dave Finkelnburg


Articles by Dave Finkelnburg

Spodumene

Spodumene

Spodumene is a naturally occurring mineral source of the flux element lithium and is commonly referred to as lithium feldspar.  … Read More

Calcined Kaolin

Calcined Kaolin

Ceramics Monthly recently received an email containing an excellent list of questions about calcined kaolin. “Why,” asked the writer, “do  … Read More

Feldspar

Feldspar

Except for clay and silica, feldspar is the most common raw material in ceramics. It is also the most common  … Read More

Opacifiers

Opacifiers

For millennia ceramic artists have covered their work with glazes that concealed the fired clay beneath. Seems easy, right? Because  … Read More

Strontium/Barium

Strontium/Barium

Artists who create their own glazes sometimes struggle with the questions, “Strontium or barium, which should I use? And why?”  … Read More

Ball Clays

Ball Clays

Ball clays are very plastic so they are widely used in clay bodies. However, like many ceramic raw materials, not  … Read More

Frits

Frits

Frits are wonderful glaze ingredients. Getting familiar with frits can help solve problems and improve glazes. The challenge of frits  … Read More

Cobalt

Cobalt

Cobalt is an extremely powerful colorant that almost always produces an intense blue, but it doesn’t have to be that  … Read More

Testing Standards

Testing Standards

Testing standards are important to both the studio artist and his or her customers. While we may give specific instructions  … Read More