New Zealand Community Education Centres

Pottery Glazes - Make, Explore and Apply

Made some pots previously and want to know more about making your own glazes? We'll cover practical aspects of mixing, testing and adjusting as well as glaze application by practising on your own bisque-fired forms. (Limited to 10 participants. Held at Wellington Potters' Association, 130 Grant Road, Thorndon.)

Description

There'll be lots of hands-on weighing and sieving of materials and testing to build a repertoire of glazes and you'll glaze a group of your own forms. Samples will be yours to keep and materials and theory will be generally explained as part of making.

(Note: This work will be done at mid-fire temperatures or earthenware depending on clays students are currently using - high fire tests can only be done if students have their own high-fire kiln).

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Safely make up your own glazes
  • Understand how to apply them to your own pottery
  • Modify some recipes to get a variety of results these using line blends
  • Build up a small group of fired samples/tests

Bring an apron (or overalls or lab coat), a notebook and pen. Materials, including fired test tiles, are included but you may want to bring a kilo of your own clay for testing. You may also wish to bring your own bisque-fired work to the application session on week 6.

Note:  Courses need a minimum number to go ahead so if we don't have enough enrolments a few days before the start date, we have to cancel. We'll let you know by email so please check yours regularly. If you need to cancel your registration, here are our terms and conditions: "What You Need to Know".

Prerequisites

It's expected that students will have previously made pottery but no previous experience in glazing is assumed.