Expand Your Skill Set by Mixing Your Own Glazes

Are you ready to dive into the vast world of mixing your own glazes and not sure how to get started?

Have you always wanted to learn how to mix your own glazes from scratch but haven’t been able to find a class on glaze mixing?

Are you tired of the high cost and limitations of commercial glazes?

Have you recently started your own home studio and don’t have any glazes yet?

I would love to teach you how to safely mix your own glazes from scratch so you can start to broaden the possibilities for completing your work.

This first step of learning how to mix and experiment with glazes will open up a whole world of exploration for you.

Learn the Essentials of Glaze Mixing

Learn how to safely mix your own glazes from scratch and do a “Colour Run” by testing a base recipe with multiple colourants in this on-demand, online workshop.

Sign up now for instant access to the workshop that includes:

  • step-by-step video lessons that walk you through every important detail of mixing glazes from scratch and testing colourants
  • worksheets and step-by-step instructions that you can download and print out
  • all workshop presentation slides
  • an extensive Resource Vault full of info about many glaze topics not covered in the workshop
  • monthly live Q&A sessions on Zoom where you can ask me all your questions

You’ll have full access to the workshop and the monthly Zoom calls for 6 months from the date you register. This gives you plenty of time to watch the workshop, acquire materials, mix some glazes, fire them and then get help with any problems or questions that may arise.

All the handouts and step-by-step instructions are yours to keep forever.

Preview the Workshop Intro video

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Registration includes 6 full months access to the workshop and everything inside your student dashboard, plus a live Q&A session on Zoom every month to answer any questions you have along the way.

2021 Zoom calls:

Oct 20 @ 12pm PT

Nov 17 @ 3pm PT

Dec 15 @ 10am PT

“This course was so thorough! It was awesome! There is so much to learn, my only wish now is to take an in-person workshop with Sue so I can absorb more of her knowledge!”

Nana

Workshop outline

By the end of this workshop, you’ll know how to choose a suitable glaze recipe, scale it up to your desired batch size and mix it from scratch. You’ll also know how to take a base recipe and test it with different colourants.

Printable worksheets and instructions will be provided.

Here’s what the workshop will cover:

Choosing and reading a glaze recipe

  • Learn the basics of how glaze recipes are written and what to look for when choosing a recipe
  • Learn the difference between glaze temperatures and where you can look to find glaze recipes for your temperature
  • A collection of cone 6 glazes is provided if you don’t have a recipe in mind that you want to make.
  • Bonus lesson: “What Do the Glaze Materials Do?” This is a very basic introduction to glaze chemistry for those who are interested in understanding the function and purpose each material in the recipe serves in creating the final result.

Batching a recipe

  • I’ll help you decide what batch size of glaze to make based on your container/bucket size or what you want to do with it.
  • Learn how to “batch a recipe” by converting percentages to grams. I’ll teach you the simple math but also show a way you can avoid the math if you prefer.
  • Learn how batching your recipes can help you with ordering materials.
  • You’ll get a batching sheet that you can print and use in your studio.

Supplies, equipment and materials needed for safe glaze mixing

  • There’s a full glaze mixing supply list (with pictures) of the tools and equipment you need to mix buckets of glaze for dipping as well as test sized glazes for experimenting.
  • Supply list is also provided as a handout that you can print off
  • “Sue’s Fully Stocked Glaze Lab” is the complete list of every glaze material I stock in my glaze mixing studio, categorized by their basic function in a glaze recipe. (Note: I live in Canada. Material availability varies around the world.)

Weighing materials, mixing and sieving

  • Learn how to safely and accurately weigh out glaze materials.
  • What order should materials be added to the bucket?
  • How much water should you start with?
  • How to sufficiently mix and sieve your glazes so they perform well.
  • Glaze mixing instructions will be provided as a handout that you can print off

Glaze testing and experimenting

  • Learn the basics of glaze testing and experimenting.
  • How to make sure your glaze tests will scale accurately to a larger batch size.
  • How to take any glaze recipe and convert it to a “base recipe” by removing colourants and opacifiers.
  • Design a glaze testing experiment called a “Colour Run” that will give you multiple glaze colours using one base glaze.
  • Colour Run instructions are provided as a handout that you can print off.
  • I’ll provide lots of examples and photos to help you decide which colourants to try.

Here’s what the workshop won’t cover

While I would love to cover absolutely everything related to glazes, this workshop has a very specific focus which is to learn how to safely mix glazes from scratch and test a base glaze with colourants.

These topics won’t be covered in this workshop but I’ll share lots of resources for further learning.

  • Glaze chemistry (glaze fit/crazing, changing glaze firing temperatures, material substitutions, glaze durability, altering base recipes)
  • Food safety and toxicity
  • Kilns and firing schedules
  • Glazing techniques
  • Slips, oxide stains, underglazes
  • Measuring specific gravity, flocculating, deflocculating (I already teach an online course about this called Mastering Glaze Consistency)

Sign Up Now for Instant Access

Registration includes 6 full months access to the workshop and everything inside your student dashboard, plus a live Q&A session on Zoom every month to answer any questions you have along the way.

2021 Zoom calls:

Oct 20 @ 12pm PT

Nov 17 @ 3pm PT

Dec 15 @ 10am PT

“You are an amazing teacher! I love your story times, handouts, hands-on learning videos, and how you add extra info to make the chemistry and why behind Cone 6 glazing understandable. Thank you for such a great workshop!”

Deb

What’s Included With The Workshop?

As soon as you sign up, you get instant access to the full workshop which is broken into short video lessons. This is helpful for when you’ve already watched the workshop, to easily go back and review any specific topic you want to watch again.

You also get printable supply lists, worksheets and instructions that you can take into the studio with you.

Below each lesson is a list of links and resouces for further learning, if you desire.

Resource Vault

You’ll have access to an extensive Resource Vault that I reference throughout the workshop for further learning of many topics related to glaze mixing.

It’s all optional further learning for those who are interested. If you’re just starting out, you can easily just stick to the main workshop topic without being overwhelmed by too much extra info.

Here’s a list of what’s included in the Resource Vault.

6 months of support

You will have 6 full months to access everything included with the workshop, including a live Q&A session on Zoom every month.

There’s a section right within the workshop where you can submit questions for the monthly Q&A. So as you’re watching the workshop, you can type your questions in immediately as they come to you and I’ll answer them live over Zoom.

You don’t even have to show up live on the Zoom call for your questions to be answered!

All the Q&A sessions will be recorded and added to the course so you can go back and watch any sessions you may have missed.

I’ve taught hundreds of online students now who are constantly telling me how valuable the Q&A sessions are and how much more they learned in addition to the main program they signed up for.

Sign Up Now for Instant Access

Registration includes 6 full months access to the workshop and everything inside your student dashboard, plus a live Q&A session on Zoom every month to answer any questions you have along the way.

2021 Zoom calls:

Oct 20 @ 12pm PT

Nov 17 @ 3pm PT

Dec 15 @ 10am PT

“Your workshop was a ten out of ten and this is not written lightly.”

David

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I have access to the workshop for?

You’ll have access to the workshop and everything else that’s included for 6 months from the date you registered.

 

What if I can't attend the Zoom Q&A sessions?

All Q&A Zoom calls will be recorded so you can watch them anytime later. I’ll change the time each month to accommodate different time zones. There’s also a place to pre-submit questions for the monthly Q&A, right from where you’re watching the workshop. I’ll answer your questions even if you can’t attend the Zoom call live.

 

Why are the prices in US Dollars?

Since my students are international, USD is the most “universal” currency option.

 

Is this workshop for cone 6 glazes?

This workshop is applicable to all glazes at all temperatures. The mixing and testing processes are the same, regardless of temperature. I’ll be offering some cone 6 recipes to those who want them but I also show you where you can look to find glaze recipes for every temperature.

 

What if I live in another country and can't access North American materials?

The workshop will be focused on the glaze mixing and testing process, which is the same regardless of materials. You’ll be able to mix any recipe with any materials.

 

What's your refund policy?

Since you get instant access to this digital workshop, no refunds will be offered. If you want to learn how to mix glazes from scratch and test a base glaze with multiple colourants, you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to read about what’s not covered in this workshop before signing up.

 

Your Instructor – Sue McLeod

I’ve been mixing my own glazes from scratch since my 2nd year of art school in 2009. Learning to mix glazes solidified my love for ceramics. It added a whole other element to working with clay that I didn’t even know existed when I started.

Since 2015, I’ve worked as a ceramics studio technician at a busy public studio in Victoria, BC, Canada, where it’s my job to mix and maintain large batches of glaze and order all the supplies, materials and equipment for the studio.

Learning to mix glazes and change their colourants was the jumping off point for over a decade of exploring glazes on a deeper and deeper level and has truly become my passion in life.

Not ready for a course yet? Check out my blog and articles published in Ceramics Monthly magazine for lots of free information.

Sign Up Now for Instant Access

Registration includes 6 full months access to the workshop and everything inside your student dashboard, plus a live Q&A session on Zoom every month to answer any questions you have along the way.

2021 Zoom calls:

Oct 20 @ 12pm PT

Nov 17 @ 3pm PT

Dec 15 @ 10am PT

“Hard to pinpoint exactly what was most useful since everything was so informative. I came away with so much knowledge and confidence!”

Sue H

Questions?

All questions about the workshop can be sent through my website contact form. I’d love to hear from you!

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