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.

Live Workshop plus optional Live Q&A Session

Workshop Date: Apr 24, 2021

Workshop Time: 10am – 1pm Pacific time (10 min break in the middle). Click here to convert to your time zone

Workshop Price: $57 USD


Optional live Q&A session on Zoom 2 weeks later to ask questions

Live Q&A Date: May 8, 2021

Live Q&A Time: 10am – 12pm Pacific time. Click here to convert to your time zone

Workshop plus Live Q&A Price: $77 USD

Live Q&A details below.


 

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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 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)

 

A 3-Hour Live Workshop

The workshop will be taught live from my home studio. Some aspects of the lesson have been pre-recorded or photographed in order to make the online experience smoother (so I’m not trying to teach with my respirator on).

The workshop will be held on Zoom. All attendee videos and sound will be off, but there will be a place to type in questions that I’ll answer throughout the workshop.

Plan to come to the workshop to watch, learn and take notes and then go implement what you’ve learned after the workshop. It’s not expected that you’re doing the steps along with me while I’m teaching the workshop.

You don’t even need to attend the workshop live if the day/time doesn’t work for you. The workshop replay video will be available to watch for 3 months (until July 24) so you can come back and watch any parts you need to refresh. A great idea would be to play the replay video again while you’re in your studio and you can follow along, pause, rewind etc.

Optional Q&A Session

You have the option to register for an additional 2-hour live Q&A session that’ll take place 2 weeks later (May 8). 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 also take place on Zoom but will be more interactive than the workshop. I’ll give you the 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 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

Here’s a video walkthrough of the student dashboard that you get access to when you sign up, including the extensive Resource Vault for further learning.


Live Workshop plus optional Live Q&A Session

Workshop Date: Apr 24, 2021

Workshop Time: 10am – 1pm Pacific time (10 min break in the middle). Click here to convert to your time zone

Workshop Price: $57 USD


Optional live Q&A session on Zoom 2 weeks later to ask questions

Live Q&A Date: May 8, 2021

Live Q&A Time: 10am – 12pm Pacific time. Click here to convert to your time zone

Workshop plus Live Q&A Price: $77 USD


 

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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

Will there be a replay available if I can't make it live?

Yes, the replay of the workshop and Q&A session will be available to watch for 3 months after the workshop (until July 24) so you don’t even have to show up live. The only thing you will miss is the opportunity to ask questions during the workshop.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 this is a short workshop that’s happening very soon and the replay will be available for 3 months, no refunds will be offered.

 

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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