Thursday, February 9, 2012

Understanding Glazes and Firing

June 17 - 23, 2012 Shakerag Workshop

Course Description
This course is designed for potters who want to learn more about glazes and color development, or who are frustrated with not knowing what makes glazes work or fail, or who want to develop or adjust their own glazes. We will work as a group with low, mid-range, and high-fire glazes creating line and color blends to explore color possibilities over a broad range of bases. We will discuss what makes glazes work including oxides, kilns, firing, cones, Seger UMF, recipe method, etc. We will mix and test glaze recipes on test tiles, and participants may bring small bowls or cups to glaze in order to fill out the kilns (test tiles will have priority for space in the firings, and bowls and cups will be put in as we have space available). We will be firing in electric kilns to cone 05 and cone 6, in a gas reduction kiln to cone 10, and in a soda/salt kiln to cone 10. Students in the class may participate as much as desired in the actual loading and firing process.

Skill Level
Participants with some experience in clay and glazing will benefit the most from this class, but all levels are welcome.

Claire Reishman
c/o Shakerag Workshops
290 Quintard Road
Sewanee, TN 37375
931-598-5651 x3165

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