The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes: Glazing & Firing at Cone 10

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With hundreds of recipes for some of the most popular and enduring high-fire glazes, this reference will prove a boon to ceramists who want to master this complex and versatile aspect of the art. Author John Britt, who served as Clay Coordinator at the respected Penland School of Crafts, has personally tested many of the recipes, and carefully reviews every one. He offers a thorough examination of glaze materials, chemistry, and tools, and presents the basics of mixing, application, and firing procedures. There’s...
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Overview

With hundreds of recipes for some of the most popular and enduring high-fire glazes, this reference will prove a boon to ceramists who want to master this complex and versatile aspect of the art. Author John Britt, who served as Clay Coordinator at the respected Penland School of Crafts, has personally tested many of the recipes, and carefully reviews every one. He offers a thorough examination of glaze materials, chemistry, and tools, and presents the basics of mixing, application, and firing procedures. There’s a wealth of information on various type of glazes, including copper, iron, shino, salt/soda, crystalline, and more. An exhaustive index of subjects and a separate index of glaze recipes will help ceramists find what they need, quickly and easily.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781600592164
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: A Lark Ceramics Book Series
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 523,078

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2004

    By a ceramicist of 20 years' experience

    The Complete Guide To High-Fire Glazes is a highly practical reference especially for ceramic artists - potters and sculptors who glaze their work, put it in a kiln, and then wait and see what comes out. Written by a practicing ceramicist of 20 years' experience, The Complete Guide To High-Fire Glazes uses full-color photographs, charts, and extensive detail to instruct artists in exactly what to expect when placing their work under fire. From technical information about the oxides that make up glazes, to a walkthrough of all aspects of cone 10 glaze-making including mixing the glaze and firing procedures for fuel and electronic kilns, to means of controlling a kiln's firing temperature and atmosphere for each type of glaze, hundreds of glaze recipes, and much more, The Complete Guide To High-Fire Glazes is a 'must-have' for any dedicated ceramicist and a treasure simply to browse for its wealth of beautiful ceramic works for everyone else.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    It's a must have for any Ceramist

    This book pays for itself the moment you open it. It's chuck full of over a thousand glaze recipes and test tiles for them showing how they react in different firing environments. This book is invaluable and can be used by an experienced potter or a beginner like me. It's so informative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Great high fire glazes

    I am a semi-professional ceramicist and love this book. If you high-fire and need a source for high-fire glazes this book is for you. Glazes in all the colors of the rainbow, recipes, and scientific explanations that are easy to understand can all be found in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2004

    A must-have reference guide to all high-fire glazes!

    Ah, the rich and wonderful world of glaze recipes! John Britt's enthusiasm is contagious and heartening to anyone who has ever pulled pots out of kiln thinking or saying: 'I thought that was going to be green!' Mr. Britt, first as a student, then a teacher and, ultimately, as coordinator at the Penland School of Crafts has seen hundreds of firings and thousands of students unload kilns with that same quizzical look. This book, studied and understood, will help everyone who works with clay get closer to a rewarding final product. Or, at least, you'll understand why your pot turned red when you thought it would be green and what you need to do next time! Mr. Britt has written and compiled a comprehensive guide to just about every type and color of high fire glaze that you might ever have an inclination to fire. The book, perhaps like no other of its type, delves deeply and thoroughly into the many sub-divisions within glaze families. Most students and pottery appreciators know that iron will give you celadons and temmokus, but rarely has anyone walked us into the murky waters of oil spot glazes and the science behind them. With dashes of wit and sardonic humor, Mr. Britt takes the student as well as the professional through the processes and systems necessary to understand and demystify high-fire glaze chemistry. Writing a book about glazes is tricky business: there's a fairly large gray area where aesthetics and science overlap. There are also eons of information that, over the years, has been interpreted and re-interpreted by countless teachers and students. Mr. Britt deftly avoids these pitfalls by showing us the results as he's recorded them. Everything you need is here: A 'how-to' on cone packs (one of the most important parts of glaze testing) and keys to good test tiles. He gives the reader systems for understanding the mixing of glazes and the application of glaze. We see test tiles fired in different kiln atmospheres and he discusses plainly how these atmospheres can dramatically affect our glazes so that we can clearly begin to see the relationship between recipe and firing. Wonderfully, each section is bursting with glaze recipes so that the reader can immediately begin to round out their own palate of five-gallon buckets. Like a great dance teacher, he shows us that within a system of steps, there is unlimited opportunity for fun and satisfaction. Those quizzical looks at the kiln will be replaced by smiles. Plus, we won't look like such goofballs on the dance floor at NCECA. Well, one out of two isn't bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2004

    Actually I would give it 10 stars! * * * * * * * * * *

    It really is the best book on high fire glazes period and I have seen most of them! There is so much new material in it that is just not available elsewhere. Really liked the grouping of the types of glazes - it really helps to make sense of all the recipes out there. Also the pictures are to drool over - really an inspiration! Again **********!

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