High-Fire Glazes

Whether you fire in oxidation, reduction, or neutral—with gas, electricity, or wood—High Fire Glazes delivers an enormous array of surface possibilities. The recipes in this book have been used and tested ...(Scroll for more.)

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Softcover | 146 Pages

Order code B158 | ISBN 978-1-57498-376-0


…by more professional artists, over a longer period of time, than those at other temperature ranges. It’s not a matter of status or comparative desirability, but a factor of the reality that the history of studio ceramics in the United States was built largely at high temperatures. And you are the beneficiary of the reliability that comes from such thorough and wide-ranged testing.

Not just the “what” – the “why” too!

Of course, what goes into a glaze is important, but understanding WHY those combinations of materials fired to certain temperatures create certain results is essential to really developing your own voice in ceramics. So, in addition to the hundreds of high-fire glaze recipes contained in this book, it is loaded with technical analysis that will help you in your quest for your perfect glaze.

Family time

Most glazes fall into family groups, and this book is primarily organized based on these families – from Iron Glazes to Shinos, and Crystalline to Soda – so it is easy to find what you are looking for. This also makes it easy to compare and contrast and begin to grasp what materials do in certain combinations.

Glazes by color

If you are not familiar with the family groups, no problem. There is also a section of glaze recipes organized by color, plus plenty of full color photographs throughout. If you are looking for a yellow glaze, look here and find several to test – from buttery yellow to mustard. Test them all in small batches first, and when you find YOUR yellow, mix up a bunch!

Combining effects

One of the best ways to have fun in the studio is to experiment with combining glazes and this book features a section on just that. Here you’ll find tips for building depth in your surfaces by layering glazes, plus a whole lot of recipes to mix and match.

Reap the rewards!

High heat does not mean high difficulty. Professionals and students alike will be able to use this book with success on a shallow learning curve. If anything, it gets easier and more exciting at higher temperatures! In this book, we mitigate the risks, and you reap the rewards!

 

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