The best way to learn about ceramic glazes and glaze materials is to test them. By studying what happens when varying amounts of various ingredients are combined in a glaze and then fired to various temperatures, you start to understand how materials affect each other, and therefore how to troubleshoot when your results are not what you wanted. But it can be intimidating to delve into glaze chemistry. It is extremely complex, and includes the word ‘chemistry’ in its name, which to some (me included) is an immediate red flag. So in today’s post, Greg Daly gives five excellent tips for getting the most out of glaze testing. Read on, and then get out there and test!
I have to admit, glazing is not my favorite part of the ceramic process. It’s probably because of its potential to make or break a good pot (and believe me, I have broken quite a few with poor glaze application). I tend to be a bit of a sloppy glazer and I sometimes rush through it a little more quickly than I should. Denver, Colorado ceramic artist Annie Chrietzberg is the polar opposite of me in the glaze room: methodical and precise. I know my glazing outcomes could be greatly improved if I followed just a couple of Annie’s tips, so I thought I would share them with the community. Hopefully you will benefit from Annie’s advice too!
How to Test, Tweak, & Perfect Your Glazes with John Britt
In this all-new Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video, John Britt lets you tap into his encyclopedic knowledge of ceramic glazes to build your own understanding of this complex topic. Starting with glaze testing—because testing is key to understanding raw materials and ceramic processes—John explains various testing methods that will help you get great results quickly. On disc two, John geeks out on materials, diving into the three basic components of a glaze—fluxes, glass formers, and refractories—and how various ceramic materials fit into those categories and work together to produce myriad outcomes. With this video, you’ll be able to deepen your understanding of glaze chemistry and improve your glazes at your own pace.
Cone 5–6 Glazes: Materials & Recipes provides an easy way to create your own glazes by understanding and testing what’s already been tried. This glaze book is a first of its kind because it pulls together more than 180 glaze recipes and hundreds of variations from 30 different artists in one book.
Developing your own glazes can be tricky because success depends on so many factors. In Developing Glazes, Australian ceramic artist Greg Daly aims to demystify the whole glaze development process with practical advice and complete, step-by-step instructions. A practical glaze book for clay lovers at any skill level, it’s the perfect addition to any ceramics library.
Ceramic glaze recipes are to potters and sculptors like candy is to a kid on Halloween. We just can’t seem to get enough! The cone 6 oxidation glaze recipes in today’s feature were contributed by Lou Roess.
Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in ceramics, author Vince Pitelka has created the most practical, all-inclusive studio handbook for students, studio artists, educators and all those interested in the art of clay. The ten chapters in Clay: A Studio Handbook address the full range of ceramic processes, and bring a lifetime of ceramic knowledge directly into the hands of potters. Concerned about safe and efficient studio operation, Pitelka pays diligent attention to safety practices.
If you’re looking for a concise, yet authoritative book on the basics of developing your own glazes and experimenting with color, this is it. Linda Bloomfield, who holds a PhD in Materials Science and has been working in ceramics for more than 40 years, serves as the perfect candidate to bridge science and art. Colour in Glazes is amply illustrated with finished works and test tiles.
The possibilities are endless for today’s ceramist! Pottery can be fashioned in a variety of textures, colors, and forms. This comprehensive reference is a roadmap for the limitless shapes and forms, colors, and decorations of pottery; it is a starting point for personal exploration. Over 600 shapes and forms are extensively illustrated with indicative silhouettes and inspirational photographs. This practical reference presents a multitude of great glaze recipes and how to create them. More than 700 individual glazes are vividly displayed with complete instructions. Plus, readers will learn about ceramic decoration, such as agateware and sgraffito.
* Complete guide to shape and form, color, and decoration
* Illustrates more than 700 individual glazes with instructions for creating them
* Features photographs and illustrations of over 600 ceramic shapes and forms
Glazes & Glazing: Finishing Techniques covers many aspects of glazing—from formulating your own special concoctions to working with various combinations and applications.