Sherri Borges on tue 24 dec 96
I know a similar question came out not too long ago, but I'm sorry to say I
was not paying attention at the time.
A good friend asked if I would make a small bathroom sink for her new
house. I'm interested in trying to make it, but the hottest I can fire to
is Cone 1. Do any of you know if this will be problem? It is for a small
bathroom, that I can't imagine will get all that much heavy use. Something
tells me that most ceramic bathroom fixtures are like ^13 or something
ridiculous like that. My intuition is telling me that low fire would be
ok, just more likely to chip/crack/etc. Is high fire mandatory for such a
Any insights into this area would be much appreciated!
Thanks and Happy Holidays!
from the Silicon Valley, where it's supposed to get up to 68 on Wednesday!
Stern HQ on thu 26 dec 96
I have another question about bathroom sinks. I have been asked to make
one for a friend who wants a crackle finish. I told her I thought that
would allow water to escape and besides I thought the sink should be
stoneware which, when vitrified, wouldn't allow water to seep. Any
thought on either subject? Thanks in advance and Happy Holidays to all.
On Tue, 24 Dec 1996, Sherri Borges wrote:
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> Hi all.
> I know a similar question came out not too long ago, but I'm sorry to say
> was not paying attention at the time.
> A good friend asked if I would make a small bathroom sink for her new
> house. I'm interested in trying to make it, but the hottest I can fire t
> is Cone 1. Do any of you know if this will be problem? It is for a smal
> bathroom, that I can't imagine will get all that much heavy use. Somethi
> tells me that most ceramic bathroom fixtures are like ^13 or something
> ridiculous like that. My intuition is telling me that low fire would be
> ok, just more likely to chip/crack/etc. Is high fire mandatory for such
> Any insights into this area would be much appreciated!
> Thanks and Happy Holidays!
> from the Silicon Valley, where it's supposed to get up to 68 on Wednesday
Claycuzian@aol.com on thu 26 dec 96
I have made many bathroom sinks in both high fire and low fire. I have a low
fire one in my everyday batrhoom now. It has held up to use with no problems
and I have found that they have fewer problems in firing than the high fire
version, especially pertaning to warping. A few things to remember: make the
walls quite thick, about 3/4" is what I generally use, make sure that the
claybody you are using is vetrified at the temp. you are firing to (or as
vetrified as low fire gets). Flip the sink, trim and add the bottom and
overflow channel as soon as you can safely turn the sink. Use a bat on the
rim and the bat on the bottom. Do this so as not to warp the sink. I put a
small clay slab over the drain hole as the sink is drying, this reduces the
chance of a crack forming in this area. I suggest that you do not use glazes
that are too dark when glazing as these show the water spots, and finally
make sure that the glaze has a good fit to the clay body you are using.
I hope that this helps. David Cuzick Claycuzian@aol.com
San Diego, CA 70 degrees all day!
Talbott on thu 26 dec 96
Sherri, you should contact Witjer Pottery at the following address:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Rusty Wiltjer) ..... Rusty specializes in bathroom
sinks and I am sure he would be glad to give you information....
Best Wishes... Marshall
PS... I Wish all of you out there in Cyberville a Very Merry Christmas and
a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!
Celia & Marshall Talbott
Pottery By Celia
1ST ANNUAL CLAYARTERS' GALLERY - NAPLES, MAINE (Summmer 1997)
P.O. Box 4116
Naples, Maine 04055-4116
(207)693-6100 voice and fax
LINDA BLOSSOM on thu 26 dec 96
You named the one possibility - chipping. However, there is a line of
majolica sinks out that are probably low fire. Have you gotten the
fixtures yet? You should see them before you start. Fixtures come as a
set - faucet and drain. The drain is a pop up that hooks to the faucet.
Also the drain has a hole in it that is for overflow. Without an overflow
bowl the water would just run on the floor. I make sinks over a hump mold
that I made from a round bottom 18" wok. While the slab is on the mold, I
make and add the overflow bowl and channel. True most people do not fill
and overflow sinks, however, the fixtures are made standard and all good
ones have this hole in the drain pipe.
2366 Slaterville Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Terrance Lazaroff on fri 27 dec 96
As long as you find a clay and a glaze that fires to maturity you should have
no problem. If you have never made a sink before I suggest you find someone
who has and get advice on drain sizes, overflow outlets and fitting
Terrance F. Lazaroff
St Hubert, Quebec, Canada !!!!