Introduction to Glazes & Surface Treatments Course

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The emphasis is on personal development and therefore suitable for a wide range of abilities - beginners and advanced alike. We will look at a range of Ceramic Surfaces, including slips and glazes suitable for Stoneware, Earthenware, and Raku firing. Basic technology, and use of raw materials will be discussed along with practical sessions on mixing and firing. Surface treatments will also be explored, using textures, slips, oxides and masking treatments suitable for a variety of firings.

Participants are invited to bring pieces for glazing and there will be time for making and bisque firing of small test pieces. Inspiration for design and fired examples will also be discussed. A visit to see larger architectural items is planned. Electric, gas, reduction and Raku firings are also on the agenda. Slides, demonstrations, discussion and practical sessions will form the basis of tuition.

The working day will be from 9:30am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm, with optional evening work welcome. The course will begin with introductions on Sunday evening at 6pm and conclude with discussion of results on Friday; to finish at approximately 1pm.

What to bring:

  • A selection of personal clay tools, along with a few bisque fired pieces and any special or raw materials you may wish to try (wood ashes for example)
  • Sketch pad and drawing materials
  • Camera
  • Note pad and pen
  • Apron or overalls and towel
  • Small scales, if available

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