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Glaze and Colourant Short Course

November 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Glaze and Colourant Short Course

Starting Saturday November 14th

This course is an overview of the materials that make ceramic colour, how they interact with each other, and what makes them work or not work in various commercially available products.

Week One – Oxides

  • Learn about the 6 main oxides that make ceramic colours
  • Using raw oxides on pottery – please bring a bisque fired test piece for applying raw oxides and commercial oxide washes – small plate or bowl with texture will be perfect!

Week Two – Ceramic Stains

  • Body Stains
  • Underglazes
  • Washi Paper
  • Please bring two small bisque fired flat plates for applying underglazes and washi transfers.
  • We will make a small item for applying body stained slip to in class.

Week Three – Basic Glaze Chemistry

  • Fluxes
  • Opacifyers
  • How the colouring oxides work with different glaze bases
  • Each person in class will put different oxides in a test run in a supplied glaze recipe – your own dust mask required- gloves and test tiles provided.

Week Four – Commercial Glazes

  • Firing temperature
  • Mixing glazes
  • Testing glaze mixes
  • Food safety

Week Five – Finding and making your own glazes

  • Where to look for glaze recipes and how to search
  • What to look for in a base glaze
  • Researching glaze chemicals
  • Understanding the raw materials
  • Testing and batches

This course is not as in depth or as technical as the Glaze Chemistry Masterclass – it is designed to give you a good understanding of how colours work, how you would use them and how to find and create your own glazes! If you enjoyed this course, the Glaze Chemistry masterclass is highly recommended. Alternatively, the Design & Decorate Masterclass is ideal if you would like to learn more about decoration techniques!

This course is $450 fully inclusive of all materials used in the course. You will need to bring in some bisque fired work that is ready to go –


November 1, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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New Firebird Studios
1/20 Hutchinson Street
Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220 Australia


Firebird Studios


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