Pots that Pour, Glazes that Work
Session Three - June 16-22, 2019
The morning class will be taught by Liz. We will be making teapots, ewers, and jugs, using the wheel and slabs. There will be discussion on what makes a good pouring vessel, visually and functionally. At the end of the week, pots will be bisque fired, and students can take home their pots to be glazed and fired. Participants will be given a few glaze formulas from Liz, using wood or gas for fuel for Cone 10 reduction firing.
The afternoon class will be taught by Ron and will focus on glazing for Cone 6 electric firing. We will focus on understanding glaze materials and what they do, as well as discussing common glaze problems and ways to deal with them, mixing glazes, and firing test tiles. Participants might want to familiarize themselves with the book, Mastering Cone 6 Glazes, by Ron Roy and John Hesselberth. Those participants wanting to use glaze calculation should bring computers with Insight and/or Glazemaster software installed (Insight is free now and Glazemaster is free for 2 months), but computers are not essential for the course.
- Day One: Discuss goals, design glazes and demo mixing techniques.
- Day Two: Mix glazes, and load kiln.
- Day Three: Fire glazes and talk about glaze technology.
- Day Four: Unload kiln and discuss results.
- Day Five: Reformulate glazes for better results.
All students should email Ron so that he can email a copy of his glaze course book.
Ron has been a potter and teacher for over 60 years. He has worked for two clay making companies and is co-author of Mastering Cone 6 Glazes, published in 2001. He is currently helping other potters with their glaze problems.
Liz has been making pots out of clay since 1972, taking classes and workshops in Canada and England. Making pots for use, especially teapots, has always been her main focus. She has been given many awards, taught workshops and adult classes, juried shows, and written articles for ceramic journals. She has also contributed to the ceramic community by serving on the boards of various clay organizations.
Liz: I believe that the visual appreciation of a vessel is made complete by being used. The tactile quality of the clay, the aesthetic of the form, and the interaction of the pot to the user, all contribute to giving an immediate quality to everyday living.
Ron: I believe that all potters who make functional ware should have some basic knowledge about stable clays and glazes. There are certain minimal requirements for functional ware that every potter should be aware of. If we, as individuals, solve the problems of making truly useful ware, we will all benefit.
Website: Ron Roy
Bring your favorite clay tools to use in making pots. These might include (but are not limited to):
- basic pottery and throwing tools such as sponge, needle tool, rib(s), wire tool, twisted wire, string tool, trimming tools, fettling knife, calipers
- wooden ribs, or other straight edged tools such as rulers
- tools you enjoy using for decorating clay surfaces
- your favorite brushes
- Bring your own bats and bat pins (NB: the Shakerag studio has bats but not bats with pin holes).
- Also bring a sketchbook or notebook, pencils, and pens.