Understanding Glazes with John Britt

In this Ceramic Arts Daily Presents two-disc DVD, John Britt lets you tap into his encyclopedic knowledge of ceramic glazes to build your own understanding of this complex topic. Starting with glaze testing—because testing is key to understanding raw materials and ceramic processes—John explains various testing methods that will help you get great results quickly. On disc two, John geeks out on materials, diving into the three basic components of a glaze—fluxes, glass formers, and refractories—and how various ceramic materials fit into those categories and work together to produce myriad outcomes. With this video, you’ll be able to deepen your understanding of glaze chemistry and improve your glazes at your own pace.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours, 23 minutes

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John Britt

About the Artist

John Britt has been a potter and educator for more than 26 years. He has worked and taught at universities, colleges, and craft centers across the United States. John is the author of The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glaze; Glazing & Firing at Cone 10, which was published by Lark Books in 2004. He has written numerous articles for ceramics publications including Ceramics Monthly, Ceramic Review, Studio Potter, and more. Currently, John teaches glaze chemistry, throwing, glazing, and firing workshops at his Bakersville, North Carolina, studio. To learn more about John, please visit his website:

  • Marjan V.

    Great video. After 15 minutes watching unfortunately I cannot continue to watch due to the background music. It creates a stress that disturbs my concentration dramatically. Would have been nice if I could turn off the background music separately.

  • Kinga K.

    Hello, I agee, such a great course.
    Please, please, get rid of the background music.
    Best, Kinga

  • Douglas S.

    This is the stuff I should have been taught about glaze chemistry when I did my degree! This is excellent, thank you so much!

  • Mary M.

    Is there any way to redo the audio and get rid of the fast paced intese buzzing music in the background. It completely takes away from the subject matter expert who is now competing for my attention with horrible noise I would never listen to under any circumstances. The noise won and I stopped watching the videos. Just looked up. I am not alone…

  • Margaret F.

    There is no music(thank goodness)John explains in simple language. I have printed out the relevant pieces that I want.

  • Margaret F.

    No music but I loved all of Johns comments. I had my students to do triaxels some time ago, they came up with such wonderful results. They have not put them into practice yet and I think that they will have to carry them further.I did not have any info on how to formulate glazes,but John really explained in such away that where I could not explained. I have done exactly the same principle that John had explained but as a self tutored potter the explanations were hard.

  • Pierpaolo D.

    Is the music still on? These chemistry videos would be the reason to get my subscription…

  • Tons of great information but the background music is exhausting. Its like trying to learn glaze chemistry at a rave.

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