Cone 5–6 Glazes

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Order code B141E | ISBN 978-1-57498-342-5

…you with all the information you need to create successful glazes for your pots. You know that spending hours constructing a piece doesn’t make it great, the glaze has to work as well. With Cone 5-6 Glazes, you’ll find almost 200 recipes and great insights as to how different raw materials work to provide the results you want (and maybe some you didn’t expect!).

You’ll find information on glaze materials such as frits, feldspars, oxides and stains, as well as testing protocols and tips on glaze application. Drawing on the expertise of so many artists covering so many aspects of cone 5-6 glazes will provide you with a wealth of information unmatched with any other source.

From the beginning

Cone 5-6 Glazes begins with a Jonathan Kaplan’s overview of what you need to get started with creating your own glazes and how to go about glaze testing. In addition, Annie Chrietzberg shows you how to successfully prepare and glaze pots to avoid common application mistakes. Two artists, Yoko Sekino-Bove and Lou Roess, describe their methods for expanding your glaze palette. Yoko takes five base glazes and adds different oxides, carbonates and opacifiers, which she displays with more than 200 test tiles. Lou’s expansion technique is to take three glazes and show how many variations you can get with overlaps.

Understanding materials

When it comes to mixing glazes, knowledge of a few key ingredients makes all the difference in the world. Experts Dave Finkelnburg, Matt Katz, Mark Chatterly, John Britt, David Pier and Deanna Ranlett test a variety of key ceramic materials and reveal the results. In addition, they discuss the roles and special effects that fluxes, lithium, feldspar, boron, silicon carbide, iron oxide, chrome oxide, ceramic stains, frits, suspenders and bonders lend to the glaze mix. Written and illustrated in an easy-to-follow format, you’ll gain a new understanding of materials that will change how you test and use glazes from now on.

Glaze types

Do you want a particular look or feel to a glaze? Mid-range glazes that fire to cone 5 and 6 provide a wide range of choices and you’ll find a great selection in Cone 5-6 Glazes. You can choose from celadons and snowflake crackles or maybe you’d like to try some crystalline glazes. If you like the wood-fire look, Richard Busch mimics the look with a couple of layered glazes, plus Harry Spring uses wood ash on his glazes for a stunning high-fire wood effect. And no mid-range glaze book would be complete without the variegation of satiny Bristol glazes or some durable liner glazes.

Many artistic choices

Seeing recipes being used helps you better understand your target results. In Cone 5-6 Glazes, you’ll find more than 15 artists and their recipes, many with tips on application, firing, and ideas for variations. With scores of recipes, you may want to try a little of everything or focus on a particular type of slips, engobes, glazes, oxidation, reduction, stains, and even how to adjust glazes from high-fire to mid-range.

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