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.
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.
Download a copy of Understanding Cone 6 – NCECA 2018
Examine in detail how colourants are affected by flux choice.
Use glaze calculation software to make flux and other material substitutions.
How to measure specific gravity and viscosity so your glazes are always consistent.
Learn how and when to flocculate and deflocculate your glazes.
When we understand our materials and how they interact with each other, we can alter our glazes to make them better. Spend less time troubleshooting and more time making!
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.