Glazed and Confused

Mike Upp
Mike Upp
Mike Upp
Mike Upp
Mike Upp
Mike Upp
Mike Upp
Mike Upp
Mike Upp
Mike Upp


Location: South Studio & Ceramic Studio
Date: Sunday September 15 10 AM to 4 PM (Please bring a lunch!)
Cost: $80.00

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!

Mike Upp

Mike Upp

Mike Upp studied ceramics at Arizona State in the 1970’s. After graduation, he developed his first studio in an old tobacco barn in an artist community on 300 acres in the hills of northern Tennessee. He was a dedicated student of the art form and produced functional pottery for a wide variety of markets for over 10 years. He exhibited at all the major art shows at the time, as well as winning numerous awards at these events in; Ann Arbor, Michigan, Asheville, North Carolina, Gold Coast Chicago, Illinois, Washington, DC, Nashville, Tennessee and the major shows in Florida. He taught a number of classes and workshops at Arrowmont School and the Nashville Clay Center.

After a number of years developing his craft, he moved back to Phoenix and joined a cooperative ceramic’s studio. During this time, he became the Executive Director of the Tempe Art Festivals, where the fall festival was consistently attended by over 250,000 attendees as well as had 350 artists and 9 stages of entertainment.
After several years in Tempe, he left the art world and joined corporate America, where he spent most of his career in the high-end software business in senior marketing and sales positions

Now 25 years later, he is back in the art world and is developing a new studio in Cornville, AZ, with his wife and partner, Sharon. The studio is called, Earth and Fire Ceramic Design and has a primary focus on designing functional and decorative ceramic art for the kitchen and home, which they have termed “Art for Living.”

No materials are required.



Cancellation Policy

Registration Information:

Each student must register individually.   Students may enroll online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809.  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn (M-F, 9-5).

Cancellation Policy:

Student may cancel or transfer up to 7 days before the first day of class for a 15% fee.  There are no refunds after the 7-day cut-off date.  The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control.  If the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the class for any reason, all fees paid will be refunded in full.