70 episodes

Matt and Rose Katz of the Ceramics Materials Workshop will answer your burning questions about clay and glaze. Each episode co-host Kathy King will present listener submitted questions that will be answered in a comical, but also insightful way. This show will have you laughing, and learning, about the chemistry behind ceramics in no time.

For Flux Sake The Brickyard Network

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 135 Ratings

Matt and Rose Katz of the Ceramics Materials Workshop will answer your burning questions about clay and glaze. Each episode co-host Kathy King will present listener submitted questions that will be answered in a comical, but also insightful way. This show will have you laughing, and learning, about the chemistry behind ceramics in no time.

    Should I be afraid of manganese?

    Should I be afraid of manganese?

    Clay drama got you throwing shade? We've ALL been there! Join the For Flux Sake gang for episode 67 as we commiserate over inconsistent clay bodies and the woes of surprise firing results. We’ll explore the limitations of trying to adjust an existing clay body and glaze to meet your needs and some of the many reasons why commercial clay bodies can vary from batch to batch. Plus, we’ll shed some light on the truth about manganese myths. Learn what is and what is not an actual hazard to your health. Don’t rage-quit that project yet, listen to the latest episode of For Flux Sake and regain your sanity in the studio!
     
    Today's episode is brought to you by Bailey Pottery Equipment. Bailey Pottery Equipment has everything you need, from beginner to pro. They offer top-notch supplies at discount prices, all backed by friendly service.
     
    This week’s episode features the following topics:
    Manganese, Toxicity, Absorption rate, commercial clay body, Clay absorption, reformulating clay, reformulating glaze, glaze fit

    • 38 min
    Glaze Doctors Live from NCECA!

    Glaze Doctors Live from NCECA!

    Listen to Kathy, Rose, and Matt take your glaze concerns head-on in this fired-up live recording from the convention this year! The audience delivered rapid fire questions to the gang so get ready for a hodgepodge of hot glaze conundrums. From water content and adjusting a recipe, to cracking the code on crazing crystals and banishing hard pan pandemonium, they tackled every question that came their way, and then some. Do you think anybody was able to stump them? Listen and find out. A special thank you to NCECA for co producing this episode and for supporting podcasting in the ceramics community.
     
    Today's episode is brought to you by Snow Farm. From June 2nd-7th, join David McDonald for a hands-on workshop on making perfect-fitting lids for your thrown pieces.
     
    This week’s episode features the following topics:
    Glaze Flaws, Crazing, Crystalline, Crystallization, Glaze Formulation, Raw Materials, Glaze Application, Glaze making tips, NCECA, NCECA 2024

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Electric Kiln 101 with Freddy Fredrickson pt. 2

    Electric Kiln 101 with Freddy Fredrickson pt. 2

    Listen to the final part of our conversation with the fantastic Freddy Fredrickson, former kiln master at Alfred University and founder of Fredrickson kilns. This episode will have you thinking beyond temperature when trying to get the most out of your kiln during your firings. Is cone 6 truly more energy-efficient than cone 10? Can your thermocouple be the silent hero of your firings?  Freddy has answers to all your burning questions (pun intended!) and more!
     
    Glaze got you in a daze? Mystery clay malfunction? Fire up your phone and send the For Flux Sake crew a voice memo or a message with your ceramic crisis at forfluxsakepodcast@gmail.com - your problem could be solved on-air!
     
    Today’s episode is brought to you by:
    Bray Poxy archiebrayclay.com
     
    This week’s episode features the following topics:
    Electric Kiln, Cone 6, Cone 10, Cone 6 vs. Cone 10, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficient Firing, Kiln Troubleshooting, Cones, Kiln Calibration, Kiln Design, Kiln Building, Kiln Efficiency 

    • 42 min
    Electric Kiln 101 with Freddy Fredrickson pt. 1

    Electric Kiln 101 with Freddy Fredrickson pt. 1

    Join Matt as he dives deep into kilns with Freddy Frederickson, the legendary founder of Fredrickson Kiln Company. For over 30 years, Freddy wasn't just building kilns at The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, he was perfecting the craft as their master kiln builder. In this first episode of our two-part interview, Freddy shares his remarkable journey. From the evolution of electric kiln technology to filling and firing an even kiln, listen in as he answers some of your burning questions about using your electric kiln.
     
    Today’s episode is brought to you by:
    Bray Poxy archiebrayclay.com
     
    This week’s episode features the following topics:
    Electric Kiln, Firing, Kiln, Kiln Troubleshooting, Kiln load, kiln firing

    • 49 min
    Should I bisque higher than I glaze?

    Should I bisque higher than I glaze?

    Thanks to everyone who came out to our live taping at NCECA. We had a blast and look forward to airing that episode in a few weeks. Today on the show the gang talk about the effect of mold in clay, bisque firing higher than your glaze temperature, and the wild wild west of slip formulas. If you need assistance with a ceramic chemistry problem, send us a voice memo with your question to forfluxsakepodcast@gmail.com.
     
    Today’s episode is brought to you by:
    Bray Poxy archiebrayclay.com
     
    This week’s episode features the following topics:
    Slip casting, Mold, Clay Durability, Glaze Application, Slip Formula, Bisque temperature

    • 33 min
    How can I make durable floor tiles?

    How can I make durable floor tiles?

    This episode of Flux Sake is a technical delight! Rose and Matt unpack the fascinating world of commercial clay body profiling with Ceramic Material Workshop's ongoing research project. They'll unpack the different tests used and what they reveal about a clay body's performance. Need to know the perfect clay body and glazes for your project? We've got you covered! The gang tackles listener questions on finding durable materials for high-use barware and crafting long-lasting floor tiles. Feeling the spray gun frustration? You're not alone! The episode wraps up with solutions to a clogged spray gun, with insights from Kathy, Rose, and Matt on keeping your glaze application smooth.
     
    Join the Flux Sake Crew Live! Catch the whole gang for a live recording at the NCECA conference in Richmond, VA on Friday, March 22nd at 11 am. Don't miss out!
     
    Today’s episode is brought to you by:
    Bray Poxy archiebrayclay.com
     
    This week’s episode features the following topics:
    Food Safety, Functional Ceramics, Utilitarian Ceramics, Dinnerware, Restaurant ware, Clay Durability, Glaze Durability, Coefficient of Friction, Ceramic Tile, Glaze Application, Glazing with spray gun

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

Boourns82 ,

So, so good.

I am not a potter and I don’t know anything about clay and/or glaze…until now. Love the show! It’s educational, informative, and for all levels.

Snoopy-Groupie ,

Best Co-worker’s EVER!

Kathy, Matt & Rose have become my long distance co-workers. As a studio ceramicist, I work alone with the exception of my fur-child/dust mop little terrier. Don’t worry- I DO mop. It is peaceful to have my studio solitude but SOMETIMES it’s just plain lonely. I have binge watched seasons of shows during production stages where I don’t really have to look at what I’m doing (pinching pots is something I do by feel, for example). I absolutely love the wisdom and enthusiasm that this trio bring to the production stages where I HAVE to look at my task. Even on days when the topic doesn’t SEEM like something pertinent to MY practice, I always learn something new or find a new ceramist to follow or resource to google.
For clay geeks, this show can be as riveting as a murder mystery podcast as they discuss mysterious studio happenings in a “who done it” investigative style. Mysteries like “Why did my glaze do that thing that I HATE” or “how do I get away with NOT following the golden rules of studio ceramics?” These guys will always show up on time and they never fail to remind me of how much I DO know and of things I didn’t know that I needed to.
Obviously, I love this show and I’m grateful to have these people as my on-call co-workers for those days when working alone feels restless and my home studio seems like a hermitage. Thanks you guys for your commitment to research and levity, particularly when discussing technical topics that tend to make a creative’s eyes glaze over (pun intended). This show is my FAV!

MWPLA ,

The Best!

I love this podcast from my favorite teachers Matt & Rose Katz. Fun and informative.

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