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November 29, 2014

Dear friend,

If you're like me, you love pottery. The way a certain line catches the light. The way the ceramic glaze gives the piece personality. The cool, smooth feel of a bowl that could be as comfortable at home on your kitchen table or on display at a local gallery. Whether you make pottery yourself or follow the works of your favorite artists, Ceramic Arts Daily is your single best resource inside the potter's world. Plan your next pottery project and research your next ceramic glaze recipe with us!

Potters link us to our past

Pottery making is older than history, going back to the time before man kept a record of his daily life. Pottery was something essential then, at first…something to aid in the daily struggle for survival. Ceramic glaze, when it happened, was probably an accident or afterthought. Ceramic arts had yet to evolve.

Later, as time wore on, people made the functional beautiful, decorating their pots with symbols and stories, imbuing the clay with a meaning beyond its basic use. These were our first pottery artists. They discovered or developed their own simple glaze recipes, adding simple ceramic glazes to adorn their work. Start your own tradition of glaze recipes as you experiment with the ceramic glaze recipes you'll learn about in Ceramic Arts Daily.

Each week, meet ceramic arts professionals who take their inspiration from their roots, their environment, their connection to that inner voice that demands expression. See how ceramic artists as diverse as, say, Ellen Currans, Gabriele Koch, and Leigh Taylor Mickelson approach their work. Get inside the potter's head. Look at the world through their eyes. Feel the clay as it takes shape under their inspired vision.

Free Glaze Cookbook: 17 of Our Favorite Glaze Recipes

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Mix Your Own

17 of Our Favorite Glaze Recipes is perfect for potters who are ready to experiment with custom glazes. Don't waste time researching glaze recipe books or cruising Web sites. Branch out with a glaze you can mix yourself -- one you can trust, because it's already been tested. These glazes are:

  • Pre-tested
  • Useful for different temperature ranges
  • Mixable from readily accessible materials

Each glaze recipe comes from Pottery Making Illustrated, or our sister publication, Ceramics Monthly. Each glaze recipe comes with a detailed list of ingredients, a description of how the artist applied it, and a photo to show you how the glaze looks. Then you can decide if that's the right glaze for you, or if you want to experiment with a little variation. 17 of Our Favorite Glaze Recipes is yours free when you subscribe to Ceramic Arts Daily.

Once you get a taste of our glaze recipes, it will whet your appetite for more. And believe me, we cover glazes in a big way:

Designing with Wax Resist
Achieve intricate glaze designs

Exploring the Use of Commercial Glazes
Three ways to add depth to your glazes

Wood Ash: Preparing for Glazes
Clean wood ash enhances your glaze palette

Off the Shelf
Electric Kiln Firing and Glazes

Supply Room
Glazes for the Chemically Challenged

Silver Luster for Raku
Glaze Experiments in Denmark

Spray Those Glazes
Use a spray gun for unique glaze application

Creating by Design: The Low-fire Work of Ron Korczynski
Creating carved molds and glazing with low-fire and underglazes.

Mint Condition: Burlon Craig and His Legacy
Tips with Dips & Pours: Improving your glazing techniques

 

Unlocking the Secrets of Crystalline Glazes
Step-by-step technique for creating and using crystalline glazes

Budget Potter: Glaze Sieve
How to make an inexpensive glazing tool from store parts.

Twice-fired Glazes
Glazes that improve when fired a second time at a different temperature

Simplifying Glazes
How to develop new glaze bases with an orderly testing method.

Drawing the Line
Using an artist’s ruling pen for underglaze decoration

Primal Screens
Instructions on how to make glaze screens for the studio

Creating Glazes
Using a glaze base

Measure for Measure
Mixing glazes by volume using cups and spoons

17 of Our Favorite Glaze Recipes

 

Mint Condition
A Showcase of Museum Pieces

Off the Shelf
Crystalline Glaze Books

Glaze Making 101: Adding Color
Testing colorants with glaze bases.

Budget Potter: Test Tile Holder
Design for glaze test tiles.

Glaze Making 101
How to develop inexpensive glaze bases.

Cone 6 Glazes by the Cup and Spoon
Mixing glazes by volume using cups and spoons

The Budget Potter: Glaze Whisk
Inexpensive solution to rock-hard glaze in your bucket.

ClayLinks: Search for Glazes
Web sites with glaze information and recipes.

Life Beyond Gerstley Borate
Glaze formulas with Gerstley Borate alternatives.

What Are Those Numbers?
Explanation of the numbers used in glaze recipes.

 

How to Make Your Own Glaze Pens
An alternative to buying glaze pens

Ridgecrest Mural Project
Glazed tile project for public space

Creating Glazes: Getting Started
The first step in creating your own glazes

Glazing with a Tomato Cage
Inexpensive holder for pots when dipping into the glaze bucket

Volumetric Glazing
Making glazes using cups and spoons to measure ingredients.

Overlapping Glazes
Method for overlapping glazes to create interesting patterns.

Glazes in the Classroom
Structuring glaze use for students

Glaze Tips for Early Success
Glazing tips and techniques for the beginning potter

A Cone 6 Matt Glaze
The look of high-fire reduction in oxidation

Using Glaze Materials Wisely: Why Ask Why?
Rules for handling glaze materials.

Ceramic Arts Daily tells you about potters and how they work – their creative process, the genesis of their style, and how they create and develop their work – right down to the details of the type of clay bodies they chose, the glaze they used, the firing temperature – all the little details you need to really understand how their work came into being.

You'll be drawn in by the artists' stories. You'll be enchanted by their work. You'll be inspired to try some of their techniques – or go out to find someone who makes pottery in a similar way.

Some artists keep their techniques to themselves; don't even dream of finding out more about their clay composition or their glaze recipe. But the ceramic artists in Ceramic Arts Daily know what pottery is all about. It's about community. It's about sharing. It's about spreading the beauty of pottery for the sheer joyful expression of it, or for the luxury of having pottery that bridges the distance between the purely aesthetic and the beautifully functional.

Whether you like to keep things simple, or you want to branch out and try something new, Ceramic Arts Daily will inspire and inform you. Consider three of our ceramic artists and their different but equally elegant approaches to ceramic arts:

Ellen Currans takes her inspiration from the clean lines of Scandinavian furniture designs and the spare angles of Northwestern architecture. Clay emerges from her slab roller in a simple form, and ends as a unique blend of antique textures and contemporary insights.

Gabriele Koch transforms the simple vessel from an essential form to an abstract expression of movement and stillness. She sees her project development as organic, where one form acts as the seed for the next. Her forms are slipped and burnished after a meticulous slow drying process.

Leigh Taylor Mickelson breathes life into the still life form. Her stylized forms stack up on steel rods to create her own individual expression. Her pieces are usually handbuilt, using a variety of techniques and clay bodies. She low fires her pieces to get surfaces that look as organic as her shapes.

With Ceramic Arts Daily, you'll learn a little bit of everything. Then you can choose the techniques you enjoy the most, and try making something new!

Our Favorite 17 Recipes

Get first-hand accounts of many ways to approach:

  • Handbuilding

  • Throwing

  • Glazing

  • Firing

  • Raku

  • Functional Ceramics

  • Ceramic Sculpture

  • Ceramic Tile

  • Ceramic Art Techniques

17 of Our Favorite Glaze Recipes

You'll also learn more about the tools prominent ceramic artists use and where they turn for supplies. Join the discussion of whether it's better to buy supplies ready-made or to experiment and make your own. You make be surprised at what you learn!

Get started today with your free glaze recipe book. Then get ready for Ceramic Arts Daily to introduce you to new artists and show you new techniques! Sign up for Ceramic Arts Daily today!

Here's to releasing the intrinsic artistry of clay,

Ginger Pullen

Ginger Pullen,
Internet Marketing Manager, The American Ceramics Society

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