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?

Over the years through the classes I’ve taken, my job as a studio technician and all the research and testing I’ve done, I’ve learned A LOT about how materials work together.  The more I learn, the more I want to dive deeper and keep learning more.

I take what I learn in classes, books, and online and I test theories and examine the results. I love to share what I’ve already learned and continue to learn with the ceramics community. After all, ceramics is a craft that has traditionally been passed down from one potter to the next. I’m just doing my part by sharing with you.

I post weekly articles on glaze chemistry and studio processes and I also teach online courses and workshops, which will be starting up again early 2020. If you want me to let you know as soon as these posts and courses go live, please join my email list below. 

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NCECA Pittsburgh 2018 – Understanding Cone 6

I presented on a panel discussion called Glazes Without Borders at the 2018 NCECA conference in Pittsburgh. The topic of my presentation was Understanding Cone 6. You can find the video and article here or download a pdf copy for yourself below.

Sue McLeod – Exploring the Art and Science of Ceramics

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

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