Glaze Chemistry Short Course

Introduction to the wonderful world of Glaze Chemistry

Glass Formers and Fluxes

Colourants

How to find recipes and test them

Basic Recipes and Bucket Level Testing

 

Glaze Chemistry Short Course

5 Week Glaze Chemistry Short Course

In this course you will learn basic glaze chemistry – why glazes do what they do – what works, why it works, and why it doesn’t work.

You will learn about the raw materials, fluxes, colourants, opacifiers, and more

Where to find recipes and how to test them

Different types of glaze – atmospheric conditions, firing cycles, temperatures, and more.

 

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Term One

Term Three

Week One

  • Introduction
  • What is glaze
  • What elements are required
  • Making test tiles
  • Gathering materials and equipment
  • OH&S
  • Materials Storage

Week Two

  • Where to find glaze recipes
  • Find a clear glaze and a matt glaze
  • Mix and test both glazes
  • Opacifyers
  • Fluxes
  • Glaze faults

Week Three

  • Colourants
  • The 6 main metallic oxides
  • Find a bright coloured glaze and test it

Week Four

  • Glaze materials that add punch to your glazes!
  • Find a glaze recipe with one or more of these raw materials
  • Design a test

Week Five

  • What is your favourite glaze type?
  • Find a glaze that you like and design a test run with one material
  • Design and test run with another material

There is no avoiding chemisty when dealing with glazes, however, we have kept this course relatively simple! You will be amazed at how much you can look back on your learning and discover better ways to make and use your own glazes, and extend/understand commercial glazes!

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