Learning Opportunities with Sue

Learn to Mix Glazes from Scratch

Learn how to mix your own glazes from scratch and do a “Colour Run” by testing a base glaze with multiple colourants in this online workshop.

Get instant access to the workshop when you sign up. $57-$77 USD.

Mastering Glaze Consistency

A 4-week, online program that will teach you the art and science of glaze application, increasing your confidence and giving you the knowledge you need to create consistent, repeatable glaze results.

Next Registration – Fall 2021

Do you wish your glaze results were more consistent?

Do you have these glaze challenges?

  • You don't know how much water to add to your glazes
  • You get different results every firing
  • Your glazes aren't turning out as expected
  • You can't seem to keep your glaze thickness consistent

Grab my FREE GUIDE

You'll start understanding your glaze results better when you measure specific gravity. It just takes a few simple steps to calculate the water content of your glazes and then it's easy to keep them consistent. No more guessing!

Consistent water content = consistent application thickness = consistent results.

Sue’s Ceramics Blog

Articles and videos about clay, glazes and studio tips, written by Sue McLeod

How to Turn a Matte Glaze Glossy with One Ingredient

How to Turn a Matte Glaze Glossy with One Ingredient

Do you have a matte glaze that you wish was a bit glossier, or would you like a glossy version of one of your matte glazes? It’s really easy to convert a matte glaze to a glossy glaze, just by adding one ingredient…

How to Convert Kaolin to Calcined Kaolin

How to Convert Kaolin to Calcined Kaolin

If you have too much clay in a glaze recipe, you might have issues with your glaze crawling during the firing. Crawling is where the glaze pulls away from the clay body due to a combination of shrinkage, poor adhesion and high surface tension.

Understanding Cone 6 – NCECA presentation 2018

Understanding Cone 6 – NCECA presentation 2018

On Mar 15, 2018 I gave my first ever NCECA talk. I was part of a panel discussion called Glazes Without Borders, moderated by Matt Katz. My co-presenters Kiara Matos and Peter Berg gave talks about...

Start Mixing Your Own Ceramic Glazes – A Shopping List

Start Mixing Your Own Ceramic Glazes – A Shopping List

Are you ready to start mixing your own glazes? Perhaps you’ve reached the point in your ceramics journey that you want to start understanding the materials you’re working with and what is actually happening when you put your pottery into the kiln.

Don’t Skimp on Safety in the Glaze Lab

Don’t Skimp on Safety in the Glaze Lab

Most of our glaze materials come to us in their very basic, unprocessed form.  They are dug out of the ground, impurities may or may not be removed, they are ground into a fine powder, bagged and shipped to our suppliers. Working with these minerals in their raw state poses some health risks.

How to Normalize a Glaze Recipe

How to Normalize a Glaze Recipe

When a recipe adds up to 100%, we can easily compare it to other recipes.  This is particularly useful when we have additions like colourants and opacifiers.  The base recipe remains constant while the additions are always relative to 100%. It also allows us to look at 2 recipes side by side and compare the amounts of individual materials. But what do we do if our recipe doesn’t add up to 100%?

Publications

Technofile: Air Bubble Myth

Published in Ceramics Monthly – Apr 2021

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Originally published in April 2021 issue of Ceramics Monthly, pages 54-55. http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org. Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.

Tips and Tools: The Kiln Sitter

Published in Ceramics Monthly – Nov 2020

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Originally published in Nov 2020 issue of Ceramics Monthly, pages 60-61. http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org. Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.

Technofile: Hard Panned Glazes

Published in Ceramics Monthly – Oct 2020

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Originally published in March 2020 issue of Ceramics Monthly, pages 90-91. http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org. Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.

Technofile: Bentonite

Published in Ceramics Monthly – March 2020

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Originally published in March 2020 issue of Ceramics Monthly, pages 62-63. http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org. Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.

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500 teapots volume 2 cover

“O La Fuente”

by Sue McLeod

Published in 500 Teapots – Volume 2

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"Understanding Cone 6" - Pittsburgh 2018

My NCECA presentation Understanding Cone 6 is all about using glaze chemistry, the Unity Molecular Formula and the Stull chart to understand how different surfaces are created at cone 6.

Which glaze formulas are likely to be matte or glossy? Which ones are likely to be crazed or be under-fired? How does flux ratio impact fired results?

Click here to read or watch/listen to this presentation on my website.

Understanding Cone 6 presentation slides and script are also available as a free download!

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