The science of art

After exploring ceramics through a mainly artistic lens for a few years, I’ve gradually moved over to the technical side.

Learning about the materials I’m using, how they work together and the chemical reactions that are taking place has been the most inspiring part of my artistic journey.  I now have a clearer path to follow.

Having knowledge of the chemistry of ceramic glazes gives me the freedom to be more creative.  It allows me to easily turn my inspirations into physical creations.

I am currently employed as a ceramics studio technician where I make glazes and fire kilns as a full time job.  My spare time is spent studying glaze formulas and planning experiments to improve the glazes where I work and in my home studio.  I have studied glaze chemistry under Matthew Katz at Alfred University and David Lawson at Kootenay School of the Arts.


Sue in the pottery studio

Are you a ceramic artist who makes your own glazes?

  • Do you wish you knew more about your glazes?
  • Do you want to learn how to make your own glazes and recipes from scratch?
  • Do you ever run into problems with your glazes?  How do you solve them?
  • Have you ever opened a glaze chemistry book with determination to learn and then had no idea where to begin?
  • Have you ever asked around for help with an issue and received multiple different answers?

While I certainly don’t have all the answers, I have learned quite a bit about how materials work together through my studies and experimentation.  The more I learn, the more I want to dive deeper and keep learning more.  I take what I learn in classes and books and I test theories and examine the results.  As I continue to experiment and take more classes, I will be documenting my processes and results.

I’ll share what I learn with you

If you want to follow along, I’ll be sharing my experiments, with photos and formulas.  I’ll share my own problems and solutions, as well as my failures.  I will take on challenges and do my best to help you find your way.

It’s a fascinating learning process and it takes a lot of patience and perseverance.  But we’re potters, right?  We know all about patience.


I currently teach a half day Understanding Glazes workshop in Victoria BC. Click here for info on upcoming workshops. If you would like me to bring this workshop to your community, get in touch and we can work something out!

NCECA Conference

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be presenting on a discussion panel about glaze chemistry called Glazes Without Borders at the 2018 NCECA conference in Pittsburgh.  Our talk is on Thurs, March 15, 2018 from 4-5pm.

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