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Useful web tools for the potter

There are some great web tools out there for ceramic artists that are simple, straightforward and easy to use; not unlike a good pot. You probably aren’t surprised that I spend a lot of time both in my studio and online. When a question or problem arises in my studio, I head to Google.

I have put together a collection of these (free!) tools that I use to make fast work of some of the less fun parts of clay- like glaze chemistry and shipping.

Get ready to do some bookmarking!

calculations for the ceramic artist:
Celsius to Fahrenheit calculator and vice versa
weight conversions (grams to pounds, etc…)
basic glaze calculatorMetric/Imperial Converter
metric/ imperial converter from Clayzee
volume calculator – how much does that pitcher hold?

shipping:
compare carriers on iShip. Figure out the best deal on shipping your pots.
USPS postage calculator
UPS time and cost calculator

firing information:
Orton Cone Chart – pdf download
firing temperature color chart – pdf download
firing chart - what happens to clay

other helpful things:
This to That – tips of what sort of glue you should use (surprisingly useful)
Picasa – a FREE photo organization program that makes it easy to edit, print & upload images. A program that I can’t imagine owning a digital camera without.
Doodle – create a poll and figure out the best time for a meeting. I have used this a lot when organizing meeting times for an organization (like a guild or co-op).


If you have any web tools that you like to use, send me the link!