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Ceramic Raw Materials: Understanding Ceramic Glaze Ingredients and Clay Making Ingredients
Today, we live in an age of super abundance of ceramic raw materials. Innumerable clays and glaze materials offer us a bewildering array of choices. Far from understanding these materials as familiar rocks, feldspars, and clays, each with unique personalities of their own, we know them only as white, gray, or brown powders neatly packaged in uniform bags. Consequently we beg, borrow, and steal glaze and clay body recipes that “work.” Ceramic raw materials come to us from every corner of the earth in a purified and refined state. We no longer live at the source of our ceramic materials as did the potters of ancient times. It now becomes a Herculean feat to know or understand in any meaningful way the flood of ceramic materials at our disposal. Fortunately, it is not necessary to have an intimate understanding of these hundreds of ceramic materials. Ancient potters created their masterpieces from three or four ceramic materials, and, if we similarly narrow our choices, we can also achieve extraordinary results. Ceramic Raw Materials: Understanding Ceramic Glaze Ingredients and Clay Making Materials offers access to that knowledge, including how to formulate a glaze using a glaze core, charts for clays and feldspars found in most clay and glaze recipes, a glossary of common ceramic raw materials, and the primary functions of those materials.
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Ceramic Decorating Tool Techniques: How To Use Clay Pencils, Slip Trailers, Glaze Pens, and Carving Tools to Decorate Ceramics
We all love tools, especially pottery tools, and we normally think about forming when we talk about tools for ceramics, but the most useful clay tools we have, besides our hands, are tools for decorating our ceramic work. A decorative surface, of course, is the first thing noticed about a piece of pottery, and as with all things made by hand, the right tools make all the difference. Ceramic Decorating Tool Techniques: Decorating Pottery with Wax Resist, Slip Trailers, Clay Stamps, and Carving Tools explains those tools in detail and shows you how to use them for the greatest effect for your own ceramic surfaces. Make your own ceramic colored pencils, or try using a combination of dry and wet decorating techniques to get maximum depth out of your work. For a more traditional approach that has your own personal touch, try making your own brushes!
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