Glazes & Glazing: Finishing Techniques

We all remember our first experience with glazing and how our hopes usually exceeded our skills–and knowledge. Glazing plays an important part of ceramic art but can be rather mysterious to both the newcomer and the seasoned professional...(Scroll for more.)



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Softcover | 144 Pages
Order code B068 | ISBN 978-1-57498-295-4

…While the chemistry may appear to be a bit like alchemy to the uninitiated, an established science and accepted practices provide order and repeatable results. Glazes & Glazing: Finishing Techniques covers many aspects of glazing–from formulating your own special concoctions to working with various combinations and applications.

“If you would like to expand your glazing repertoire, this will be a good place to begin. . .It may seem a bit overwhelming…. This book covers a lot of ground. But there is something for everyone here — tips for those new to glazing as well as new ideas for old hands at using glazes.” –Beth Peterson

A timeless resource for the ceramic artist

You’ll discover information on glaze formulation; applications such as dipping, pouring, and spraying; firing variations; characteristics of materials; testing; and even crystalline and ash glazing along with more than 100 successful recipes. Whether you’re looking for fresh ideas, expanding your palette or exploring new techniques,Glazes & Glazing: Finishing Techniques provides a wealth of information, instruction and inspiration you’ll refer to for years to come.

Using Gravity to Enhance a Glaze Surface

Kari Radasch maintains that the surface is more than a seductive veneer, and she embraces spontaneous yet purposeful marks to embrace as much information as possible. These marks have a huge impact on the glaze surface, which moves, melts and flows depending on the mass of different glazes she uses.

Preparing Wood Ash for Glazes gets anyone started on this exciting and readily available ingredient. Kathy Chamberlin describes the five steps to cleaning wood ash so you’ll be prepared the next time you come across a recipe calling for it. Which could be one of the great recipes Mark Issenberg provides in his story about Spraying Wood Ash Glazes.

If we could all just get the basics down, we’d be a lot further ahead in achieving the results we wanted. Annie Chrietzberg’s Glazing for Success provides many of the tips you need to assure the results you’re looking for. From prepping the bisque to treating the drips and runs, her guide is sure to change your glazing from a bust to a triumph.

Todd Burns, a philosophy major turned ceramic artist, explores marine iconography on his series of Aegean-inspired forms using an image trasfer technique. Frank James Fisher demonstrates three approaches in Glazing Patterns using direct contact, stencils and transfer. Patrick Horstley, an avid experimenter, shares his Strong, Pure and Matt glazes. Discover the dark-metal finish technique of Rollie Younger and his Boiler Teapots. With Susan Beiner Too Much Is Not Enough as she applies brilliant colors fired from cone 6 to 10.

William Sawhill, Sumi von Dassow and William Schran cover the world of crystalline glazes. Sawhill and von Dassow explore high-fire crystals in Crystalline Glazes and Making Crystals Clear respectively, while Schran covers Developing Crystals at Mid Range. Hunt Prothro pours underglazes on a palette to achieve his color mixing then applies them using a variety of techniques. Utilizing strong forms, Jeff Kleckner gets a Ripple Effect by manipulating a glaze to create a surface tension that’s easy on the eye. Mary Cay has A Glittering Obsession with the glaze jewels she farms from her kiln.



55 pounds of glaze on a pot? Find out how and why Morten Espersen layers so many glazes in his Knowledge in a Jar.John Nance tells the story of Tom and Elaine Coleman, who also share their favorite recipes and techniques. If you ever get a chance to attend a wood firing or build your own wood fired kiln, then you’ll enjoy the 22 recipes Sam Hoffman provides in Wood Firing Clays, Slips and Glazes. Paul McCoy extensively layers his surfaces with deflocculated slips to get depth and texture.

You don’t always have to have a scale to make your own glazes, and you’ll find out how with Sumi von Dassow’s Volumetric Glazes. In Jonathan Kaplan’s A Simple Approach to Glaze Testing, you’ll get an organized system for testing glazes that’s simple to implement and can provide a valuable record for years to come. Kathy Chamberlin shows how when you Spray Those Glazes you’ll achieve aesthetically interesting visual and textural results. But spraying can also be used as an effective way to streamline your production process. Steven Hill explains how he uses a spraying technique as An Approach to Single Firing.

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