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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
Not only will you learn the foundational skill of mixing glazes from scratch by following a recipe, but you’ll also get:
- Instructions for where to look on the internet for glaze recipes, plus I share a list of tried and true cone 6 recipes you can try
- A list of all the supplies needed to safely and effectively mix and store your glazes, with video explanations of all tools
- “Sue’s Fully Stocked Glaze Lab” – a list of all the glaze ingredients and quantities I regularly keep stocked in my studio
- Glaze batching sheets that you can print out and use when mixing a glaze
- My handy “Bucket Sizing Equation” so you know what size glaze batch fits in what size bucket
- Instructions that you can download and print and keep in your studio and all presentation slides to download and refer back to
- Colour Run demo – how to take a base glaze and test it with multiple colourants of your choosing
- Examples of glazes made with different colourants to help you decide which colourants to use
- A Colour Run worksheet that you can print off and fill out that will help you organize your colour run
- A monthly Zoom call where we can get together face to face and I can answer your questions and help you with your glazes.
- An extensive Resource Vault full of info about many glaze topics not covered in the workshop
- Bonus: “What Do the Glaze Materials Do?” doc – an intro to the chemistry of glaze materials
Preview the Intro Video
“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!”
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 teach a different online course about this called Mastering Glaze Consistency)
“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!”
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.
“Your workshop was a ten out of ten and this is not written lightly.”
“Hard to pinpoint exactly what was most useful since everything was so informative. I came away with so much knowledge and confidence!”