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Glaze results are often affected by application thickness, which is affected by the water content in our glazes. You can control your glaze's water content by measuring the specific gravity and making sure it's always consistent.
Consistent water content = consistent application thickness = consistent results!
Take control of your glazes with this free step-by-step guide to measuring specific gravity for repeatable results.
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The Science of Ceramics
A Blog About Ceramic Glazes
Glaze results on the thin side? As a studio technician at a busy pottery studio, it’s my job to mix and maintain 20 different studio glazes. I’m also the one studio users often go to for help when their glazes don’t work out as they had hoped. Every now and then...
Adding Water to Glazes I didn’t always know about measuring specific gravity. Of the 10 years that I’ve been mixing glazes, I’ve only been measuring specific gravity for 3 of them. It wasn’t a technique I learned in school. But… I had heard about it enough times that...
…And what to use if you don’t have one. I use a graduated cylinder for measuring specific gravity. A slender container is going to have smaller increments than a wide container, giving higher accuracy.
In this video I demonstrate how to measure the specific gravity of a glaze I just mixed using a graduated cylinder and a scale.
Recipe sharing Glazy.org is a free ceramic recipe sharing website where users can upload glaze recipes and photos to share with the ceramics community. Material substitutions In this tutorial, I show you how to use Glazy to make material substitutions using the UMF...
Recipe sharing Glazy.org is a free ceramic recipe sharing website where users can upload glaze recipes and photos to share with the ceramics community. Adding colourants to a recipe In this tutorial, I go over how to add colourants to a recipe and keep the colourants...
A Journey to Understanding Ceramic Glaze Chemistry
- Are you a ceramic artist?
- Have you ever wanted to learn how to understand glazes on a deeper level?
- Do you want to create recipes from scratch or improve your existing recipes?
- Do you wish you understood your materials well enough to confidently fix issues with your glazes?
- Join me as I dig deep, experimenting with glazes, learning about their chemistry, and sharing what I learned with you.