I have been making hanging planters lately, decorated with colored terra sigillatas. I love the surface of these pots—matte, but … Read More
Ceramic Raw Materials
Do you need to learn what ceramic raw materials are and how they function in clay and glaze recipes? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gathered some great articles on ceramic raw materials and plopped them right into this section. Learning how these materials work together enables you to better achieve the results you want in your work.
Plus, if you haven’t already, be sure to download your free copy of the Ceramic Raw Materials: Understanding Ceramic Glaze Ingredients and Clay Making Materials, which includes a glossary of common ceramic raw materials, and the primary functions of those materials, as well as charts for clays and feldspars found in most clay and glaze recipes.
Today, potters and ceramic artists are fortunate to live in an age of super abundance of ceramic raw materials. Innumerable clays and glaze materials offer us a bewildering array of choices, which come to us as white, gray, or brown powders conveniently packaged in uniform bags. Ceramic raw materials come to us from every corner of the earth in a purified and refined state.
Understanding fluxes, feldspars, clays, opacifiers, and colorants will help you develop more successful clay bodies and glazes. In these archives, you’ll learn which ceramic materials to purchase when stocking a glaze lab. You’ll also find out all about pyrometric cones and how they are still the best way to find out what is happening inside a kiln. Ever wonder why some clay bodies are short and others are wondrously plastic? You’ll find the answer here.
Whether you would like to formulate your own engobe recipe, or you would like to dig and process your own clay, you’ll find helpful information to get you well on your way. So jump in today and start unraveling the mystery of ceramic raw materials!
Keeping clay out of your drains is a must for any ceramic artist. This can be a particular challenge for … Read More
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is an opacifier and unlike tin oxide and zircopax, it develops crystals in glazes. Titanium dioxide glazes with … Read More