Low-Fire Glazes and Special Projects

These days, a great number of creative and talented ceramic artists are pushing the limits of what is possible at the lower temperature ranges. They have tested extensively to find the right fluxes to get just the right effect; they have developed techniques for applying layers of surface to achieve depth and complexity. And the result is ...(Scroll for more.)

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Softcover | 132 Pages
Order code B159 | ISBN 978-1-57498-378-4

…a growing popularity of low-fire ceramics.That’s why we put together this compilation of low fire recipes and techniques from the archives of Pottery Making Illustrated and Ceramics Monthly. The recipes and projects in this book come from professional artists who share their knowledge and expertise in order to help make your work the best it can be.

Dispel the myths!

Low-fire glazes often get a bad rap for not having the depth that their higher-fired counterparts have. This book will dispel those myths. As evidenced in the beautiful variety of work featured in this collection, low fire clay bodies and surfaces can have a rich visual weight and incredible surface depth – you just need to know the materials and processes.

Start with the basics

This book begins with the basics, focusing first on base glazes and liner glazes, with artists sharing tried and true recipes and advice on issues such as food safety and avoiding crazing, to name a few. Next it’s on to clays, slips and engobes suitable for low firing. Once you learn about those staples, you’ll find out how to exploit them to create special effects. From building up layers of glaze for craggy texture to using self-glazing Egyptian Paste, you’ll find a wide variety of techniques and recipes to try.

Mix it up; make your mark

Not only are there more than 150 recipes to test (and even more if you count color variations!), but there is also information for mixing and applying slips, terra sigillata, engobes, majolica glazes and overglazes. The book closes with a section on combining techniques, so that you can start thinking about ways to mix and match what you’ve learned and make your own mark on the low-fire range.

Exciting and economical!

While one of the advantages of working in the lower range of firing is that it uses less energy, perhaps an even more satisfying perk is faster firings and quicker turn-around for testing and experimentation. Smaller kilns are available for this range, making smaller production cycles for the home studio possible. So mix up some glazes, try some of these techniques, and discover new possibilities in no time!


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