Mix Your Own Glazes from Scratch

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 3-hour online workshop.

The workshop took place on Apr 24, 2021 and you can now register for instant access to the recording.

Sign up now for instant access to the workshop, plus a full Student Dashboard that includes:

  • worksheets and step-by-step instructions that you can download and print out
  • the workshop presentation slides
  • an extensive Resource Vault full of info about many glaze topics not covered in the workshop

You’ll have access to everything in your student dashboard until July 24, 2021. That’s over a month to watch and re-visit the workshop as many times as you like.

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

 

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“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

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 but haven’t been able to find a class on glaze mixing?

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

Maybe you just started your own home studio because of Covid shutdowns and someone used to mix glazes for you, but now you’re on your own.

I would love to teach you how to safely mix your own glazes so you can start to broaden the possibilities for completing your work. This first step of learning how to mix your own glazes will open up a whole world of options for you.

Workshop outline

By the end of this workshop, you’ll know how to take a 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 lists, worksheets and instructions will also be provided.

Here’s what the workshop will cover:

Supplies, equipment and materials needed for safe glaze mixing

  • You’ll get 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 will be provided as a handout that you can print off
  • You’ll get “Sue’s Fully Stocked Glaze Lab” pdf which is the complete list of every glaze material I have 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.)
  • Bonus lesson: What do all the materials do? For those who are interested in learning about the chemistry of glaze materials, I’ve included a bonus lesson on the basics of glaze chemistry.

Reading and choosing 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 show you where you can look to find glaze recipes for your temperature
  • You’ll get a list of cone 6 glazes that you can try if you don’t have a recipe in mind that you want to make.

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 it to grams. I’ll teach you the simple math but also show you can avoid the math if you so desire.
  • 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

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 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 will be 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 is just a 3 hour workshop with a very specific focus. I’m working on more extensive glaze courses behind the scenes so if you’re looking for more advanced classes stay tuned, there’s more to come.

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)

 

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“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

A 3-Hour Info Packed Workshop

This workshop was taught live over Zoom on Apr 24. I edited out our 10-minute break so the recording is just under 3 hours long and will be available to watch until July 24, 2021.

I recommend having a notebook handy and giving the workshop your full attention the first time you watch, and then you can re-watch/pause/rewind any parts you want to go over again while you’re mixing glazes in your studio.

Optional Q&A Session

You have the option to register for an additional 2-hour live Q&A session that’ll take place on Jun 12. This will give you a chance to go mix some glazes after the workshop and then come back and ask any questions that came up.

This Q&A session will be interactive with an opportunity to come live on video and chat with me if you wish. Questions can also be typed in the chat or pre-submitted in advance in case you have to miss it. The session will be recorded so you can watch it later.

The Q&A sessions are often the best part of a workshop, especially when you’re just starting out because you get to hear all the questions you never even thought to ask. Bring your notebook!

The Q&A Session replay video will also be available to watch until July 24.

Student Dashboard Walkthrough

When you sign up for the workshop, you get instant access to a student dashboard where you’ll find course materials, supply lists, worksheets, links, resources and the workshop recording video.

Here’s a video walkthrough of the student dashboard, including the extensive Resource Vault for further learning.

FYI: This video was recorded before the workshop took place. Everything’s the same except the workshop recording is available to watch instantly when you sign up.

 

 

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“I really wanted to see exactly how the glaze would be mixed, very basic steps. You met those goals and beyond!”

Jody

Mix Your Own Glazes from Scratch

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 3-hour online workshop.

The workshop took place on Apr 24, 2021 and you can now register for instant access to the recording.

Sign up now for instant access to the workshop, plus a full Student Dashboard that includes:

  • worksheets and step-by-step instructions that you can download and print out
  • the workshop presentation slides
  • an extensive Resource Vault full of info about many glaze topics not covered in the workshop

You’ll have access to everything in your student dashboard until July 24, 2021. That’s over a month to watch and re-visit the workshop as many times as you like.

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

 

Get Instant Access to the Workshop

Registration is closing on Jun 24

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

David

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I have access to the workshop for?

You will have access to the workshop and everything in your Student Dashboard until July 24, 2021, regardless of when you sign up.

 

Can I add the live Q&A session if I just purchased the workshop?

Yes, if you change your mind and want to add the Live Q&A, you can register for $20 USD. Please contact me for a link to purchase the Q&A by itself. Registration will close 24 hours before the Q&A session. The Q&A is only available to those who have purchased the workshop.

 

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. I’ll be offering some cone 6 recipes to those who want them but I’ll show you where you can look to find glaze recipes for any 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. So you’ll be able to mix any recipe with any materials. You don’t have to mix Sue’s recipes.

 

What's your refund policy?

Since you get instant access to this digital workshop, no refunds will be offered.

 

“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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