SHOP TALK | This monthly department highlights products
that are applicable to art education.
Eleven new colors have been added to Spectrum’s Raku Glaze Series. Using ceramic frits and stains as their principal ingredients provides superior appearance and consistency of results. Spectrum uses a high percentage of stains in their formulae, resulting in greater intensity, brightness and depth of color to glazes, underglazes, and more.
BAILEY CERAMIC SUPPLIES
The Bailey ST-XL Potter’s Wheel features the same drive system and foot pedal as their Pro Series wheels. Among the features are a removable two-piece splash-trim pan and a large 9-inch diameter water bucket that fits inside the splash pan while a 14-inch throwing bat is used, to help you keep the ceramic studio/classroom clean.
SKUTT CERAMIC PRODUCTS
Skutt Ceramic Products’ KilnMaster Controller is intuitive and easy to use. The fine people at Skutt invested a lot of time designing a layout that efficiently allows access to all of its features. Included are ConeFire Mode, Ramp and Hold Mode, Delay Start, Temperature Alarm, Built-in Cone Table, Automatically Start Vent, and more.
For centuries, bamboo pottery tools have been the most widely used by production potters in the Orient. Bamboo is a great material for pottery tools for a number of reasons: it is a durable, flexible and lightweight; it can be readily shaped with a sharp knife and will hold an edge that stands up to heavy use; it is naturally water-resistant; and it is a wise environmental choice. Left-handed potters will be interested to know that Bamboo Tools has created several unique, “reflected” shapes designed specifically for them.
MEDIA REVIEWS | Recent releases in print, DVD, CD-ROM, software and
other visual resources are highlighted in this monthly column.
PENCIL DRAWING: CATS:
An Easy Step-by-Step Guide for Learning to Draw Cats and Kittens,
by Anja Dahl, translated by Jessica West.
Walter Foster Publishing,
POCKET ART, PORTRAIT DRAWING:
The Quick Guide to Mastering Technique and Style,
by Miss Led, a.k.a. Joanna Henly.