We explore:

• Glass formers, fluxes & stiffeners – how they function and which materials fall into each category
• A basic intro to glaze chemistry
• Why colourants react differently in different glazes
• How to determine if a recipe is suitable for functional ware
• Best studio practices for consistent glaze results
• Visual examples to illustrate all concepts
• Resources for recipes, material information and further learning

Date: Saturday Oct 21, 2017
Time: 1 – 4pm
Location: North Saanich, Victoria, BC (address will be given to those who register)
Price: $50

The workshop is 3 hours long and will include interactive activities and time for questions and discussion.  Participants will receive a folder of handouts including note taking paper and optional homework. All presentation slides will be emailed after the workshop for future reference.

Is this workshop for me?

This workshop is tailored for anyone who works with clay and makes their own glazes (or wants to).  If you don’t work with clay, you use only commercial glazes, or you only use glazes someone else makes, this probably isn’t the right workshop for you.  Also, if you can’t make it to Victoria, BC on Oct 21, it’s probably not going to work.

If you are wanting to learn HOW to mix your own glazes, because you’ve never done it before, that’s great news!  This workshop won’t go over those steps but I am planning more workshops for the future and that is on my list of topics.  Please get in touch and let me know if that is something you want to learn.  This workshop will still be valuable to you if you are interested in making your own glazes and you will be well informed right from the get go.  Hey, it might even inspire you to get started!  The possibilities are endless when you have control over your materials.

If you want to learn…

  • the basic parts to a glaze
  • what all the individual materials do and how they interact with each other
  • a bit of glaze chemistry
  • the periodic table and which elements we use in the glaze lab
  • which materials can substitute for each other
  • how to read a Unity Molecular Formula to analyze a glaze recipe
  • how to use glaze calculation software

…then please sign up and I look forward to working with you.

You gave a wonderful and well-prepared presentation! You have a very clear, friendly speaking voice and it is evident that you know a LOT about this topic and enjoy talking about it with an interested audience. Your teaching style is natural and engaging. Great job!

Kit Maloney

Workshop Participant

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