Location: South Studio & Ceramic Studio
Date: Sunday September 15 10 AM to 4 PM (Please bring a lunch!)
Many of us dread one part of the ceramic process that can make or break your work: Glazing….
Luckily, we have Mike Upp! He is a person who says he makes pots just so he can glaze them! In this six-hour workshop, we will cover everything from application techniques, testing, and tracking results so you can recreate glazes consistently. We will discuss how to modify your glazes – in essence, creating new glazes – with only a small amount of material. We’ll also explore how to use slips, washes and engobes to change and enhance glazes and broaden your color palette. Almost of the ideas and techniques will apply to Cone 10 as well as Cone 6 glazes.
The workshop has both a classroom component and a team glaze testing exercise. It is definitely not technical and is designed to get people excited and positive about glazing. Here is a brief outline of the topics to be covered:
• Round Robin – Introductions and backgrounds of attendees
• Great potters of the past – on whose shoulders we stand!
• What makes up a glaze?
• Measuring Specific Gravity to ensure the glaze stays on the pot and not on the kiln shelf
• How to significantly expand your glaze palate without increasing your number of glazes
• Using Slips, Engobes and Washes
• An overview of glaze faults and what to do about them
• Numerous approaches to glaze applications and techniques
• The importance of testing and tracking your results
• A straight forward methodology for tracking
• How to get rid of “how did I create this, when pulling a beautiful piece from the kiln and you can’t remember how you did it.”
• In the clay studio, we will do a Practical Team Glaze Testing Exercise
• The testing exercise will provide you with a process to continue to test and expand your creative use of glazes.
Glazing is so many ceramicist’s arch-enemy and their least favorite part of the whole process. Join us to explore how to make glazing fun and improve your results!