Are you going to go my way?

We all know that we live in a world of celebrity endorsements. In fact coming soon, Matt and Dave's Clays new spokes person will be Jim Nabors.

And we know that all celebrities love to have their name on products, just see the latest perfume by, well everyone. Here we have a development that I never saw coming.

Rock star (is he even that anymore) Lenny Kravitz has attached his celebrity to a new line of... wait for it.... decorative wall tiles. I know, just what your life was missing. Made by LEA Ceramiche these new tiles are inspired by... what ever... the only question is are they nice to look at and would you like them in your home.

Now let me be clear, I don't have anything against the tiles, they are interesting and I'm sure were designed by a designer with a long life of study and work. But the application of a celebrity to slap their name on it and to market as their own is silly.

So get out there people and make a name for yourselves. Don't let Lenny Kravitz take all the credit.

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He Blinded Me With Science!

Hi everyone,
I return with data!

You can now head over to Matt and Dave's Clays website  and soak in our all new Science section.
We've updated the page with a bunch of new information for your ceramical perusing.
We've added the Powerpoint slides from NCECA 2012- Seattle- On The Edge.

These include my talk on how Cone 6 glazes work and how they don't work. I've done a lot of research on the strength of Mid-Temperature glaze and how well the stand up to daily abuse. There is some really interesting information that you should apply to your own glazes if you are working at anything under Cone 10.

Dave did a talk on "How Glazes Melt". A really interesting study on what is going on inside our glazes in the kiln. Looking at the way eutectics are formed and how glazes interact with the clay body.

Finally, Bill Carty did a talk about the forensic examination of Korean porcelains. He examined the make up of 12th centuary Korean pottery to find out, how it was made and how that effects our pots today.

All very cool research and we had a great time doing it.

But that's not all!

I've also included my FREE Glaze Calculator! This is an Excel spreadsheet that I use everyday. It is a basic spreadsheet that will allow you to calculate the Unity Molecular Formula for any glaze out there.  It does not have all the bells and whistles of some of the sheets out there... but did I mention it is FREE?

We've also added a copy of the famous Stull Glaze map, which documents the melting of glazes. Also my new companion map on the UMF limits of Boron. You can see this map at the top of this post, I am super proud of it and I think it will change the way we all deal with glaze chemistry and temperature. As the sheet documents exactly how much Boron your glaze needs at any temperature From Cone 10 to below Cone 04. Super Cool!

So get on over to Matt and Dave's Clays and soak in the Science!


NCECA 2012 data is on its way!

Hey All,
Thanks for a fantastic NCECA 2012. We had a great time and a lot of fun at our presentations.
As I said on stage, we are going to post our presentations over at www.mattanddavesclays.com. It is going to take a few days, we need to do some editing of the presentations and add a new page to the website. keep checking in and it should be up later this week.


NCECA 2012- Be there!

Hey All,

I want to invite everyone to come to our talk next week at NCECA in Seattle.

Myself (Matt Katz), Dave (Finkelnburg) and Bill Carty are presenting our Lecture/Panel "So You Want To Talk About Glaze Chemistry?" On Thursday the 29th at Noon in Ballroom 6A.

It is going to be a great talk, Dave is going to speak on "How Glazes Melt". Talking about the ins and out of how materials do their thing in the kiln.

I have a talk about Mid-Temperature glazes. I have done some research that I am really proud of. I take a look at how Mid-temperature glazes work. Exploring how we get glazes that perform well at Mid-Temperature. Also examining some of the unknown pitfalls in durability and safety in Mid-temperature glazes that is right before our eyes and we don't even know about it!

Finally, Bill Carty is going to present his fantastic research on "Forensic Ceramics". Where in he was able to discover the methods and techniques of 12th Century Korean ceramics, using modern ceramic science. And how those techniques effect us today.

All of this will be capped of by a Q&A lead by our friend Tina Gebhart.

So please come on by and see our talk! And if you see us wandering around, please feel free to stop us and says hi or ask us any questions you may have.

See you in Seattle!

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Out of your Gourd

Hey, Sports fans!

I  hope everyone is doing exceptionally well. Spring has sprung here in Alfred. Mrs. Rose's Crocuses are blooming and our neighbor's bee hives are buzzing.

Today's find is a not A ceramical one, but is one that those slip-casters can take part in.
Instructables has a profile on how to shape a gourd into the shape of your choosing. With just the application of a plaster mold your Fall gourds can be the most decorative in town!


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Today brings us something super cool. These photographs by German photographer Martin Klimas are amazing little things. He has his camera set up to shoot on the sound cue of the pieces smashing. Creating tableau of battle.

I am amazed that we haven't seen this as an effect in a movie yet.



Kansas City here we come!

Hey everyone!

We are proud to announce that our clays are now available to the
greater Kansas City area though Crane Yard Clays! http://kcclay.com/

On top of that Dave and I will be at Crane Yard Saturday, February 4th
from 12 to 6 for thier big introductory shindig! If you are in the KC
area we hope to see you there!

Also if you want to get some of our fanstastic clay, they have a 200
mile distribution area. I'm sure they would be happy to bring you some
to your studio or school!

See you all there!




I have a controversial standpoint and I will take your abuse in the comments. I don't prefer real maple syrup. Now don't get me wrong. I like it just fine and God know that when the Top Secret Pancake house near Alfred opens for the season soon, I will be there. But when it comes to the syrup I reach for, I go for the fake stuff.

I also am not a fan of soaking my pancakes. I confuse Mrs. Rose as I stack my pancakes and then cut them one at a time and not slicing through the whole stack. What I am trying to say, is that I am pancake weird.

My pancake fastidiousness is being satiated bu this new syrup reservoir plate by uncommon goods. I think that this is for more than just pancakes, sauces would do very well here too.
None to shabby.





I am again behind the times. As I assume all of you have heard, Eva Zeisel passed away at the age of 105. We should all be so lucky to have such a rich and wonderful life. There is nothing I can say that has already been said. Of course when a a ceramicist gets a obituary in the New York Times they are some one to remember.

A few things to address from Matt and Dave's Clays.

The first, is a big announcement coming soon for our customers in the Mid(dle) West. We will announce it soon.

For everyone else. As you know all of out products are available to you through direct shipping from the USPS. The USPS flat rate shipping is a great tool for us to get our clays to you quickly and affordably. As they promise 2-3 day shipping for all 50 states.

That said, we reside is chilly Alfred, New York. where winter has set in. So to minimize the possibility of freezing in the shipping process, we are going to restrict shipping on all orders to Monday and Tuesday. This way we can minimize the amount of time your clay will sit in chilly post offices. We are sorry for the delay in getting clay to your studio, but it is for the best.

That said, we have studied clay freezing and it is not a big deal. It has no effect on the quality of your clay. It may require a quick wedging, but you should be wedging your clay anyway ;)

Also, mark you calenders as Matt and Dave will be at NCECA 2012 in Seattle. We will be doing a presentation on the nature of Mid-temperature glazes. It should be pretty exciting and we hope to see you all there!