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ian currie workshop-preparations

updated fri 6 aug 99


Cheryl L Litman on thu 5 aug 99


I found the best prices on 500ml graduated cylinders and 50cc syringes
from NASCO do you need an 800 number or are you all set? I'm also
getting magnifiers from them.

I decided to get 1 per person to have on hand and sell at cost to the
participants. Since I have to order anyway and there are price breaks
for multiples, I figured that I should get one for everyone. No sense
learning a great method, then not being able to use it while you chase
down unfamiliar equipment.

Cheryl Litman
Somerset, NJ

On Mon, 19 Jul 1999 13:31:43 EDT Wendy Hampton writes:
>Ian Currie will be presenting a glaze development workshop at my
>studio in
>Poulsbo Wa. (15 miles and 1 ferry ride northwest of Seattle). It will
>held August 28 and 29th. The following is a description of the class
>and a
>bio of Ian. We still have room and I'm sure it will be a great
>The systematic method developed by Ian Currie for studying glazes has
>proven a powerful tool for students of ceramics. The method is
>outlined in
>his book "Stoneware Glazes: A Systematic Approach". His most recent
>publication is a paper in which he shows how this approach can be used
>original research into glazes over a wide range of firing
>without a knowledge of Seger Formula. (See in Ceramics Technical No.
>4: "A
>Systematic Recipe Approach to Studying Glazes.").
>The workshop will involve taking participants through the Systematic
>Method as outlined in the Ceramics Technical article. Being a recipe
>method, it is accessible to all regardless of their understanding of
>chemistry. At the end of the first day students will have possibly 5
>of glazes ( about 175 individual glazes) ready for firing, and will
>understand the method. Where the workshop extends to a second day,
>glazes will be fired overnight and participants will be able to see
>assess the results and explore possibilities with group discussions.
>the second day there are a number of other possible activities
>lectures on glaze theory, slide lectures on Japanese pottery including
>firing and pottery in general, and more time to work one to one with
>students. There may also be time for some more practical work,
>on the results from the first day.
>One of the problems of many other approaches to glaze research is a
>to emphasise the vital importance of alumina and silica variations in
>pinning down specific effects and discovering exciting new glazes.
>Systematic variation of alumina and silica, along with the fluxes, is
>central to this method, and is largely responsible for its success.
>method is organized so that one is able to separate out the variables
>therefore highlight cause and effect. It gives precise control and
>understanding of things like color response, maturity, crazing, glaze
>surface phenomena such as mattness, shininess and orange-peel surface,
>well as opalescence, opacity, colour-break phenomena etc.
>Another feature of the workshop is the use of "mass production"
>to make and apply glazes quickly, and also cooperative division of
>sharing out the work between groups and sharing the results. A lot
>will be
>achieved in a day.
>Ian Currie lives and works in Queensland, Australia, on a community
>Maryvale about an hour and a half's drive from Brisbane. He has been
>studying and working with clay and glazes for over 30 years.
>In 1971-2 he spent over a year in Japan studying many aspects of
>ceramics, including their approach to glazes. Upon his return to
>Australia, he made a living producing functional handmade stoneware
>His interest in glazes eventually led to tutoring in the subject
>wide. In 1980 he founded a correspondence course in Stoneware Glazes
>the Australian Flying Arts School ( now Flying Arts Inc.) and tutored
>course for several years. He was also a flying pottery tutor with
>during this period.
>He is best known for the method he has developed over the years for
>studying glazes - a very efficient systematic technique that quickly
>reveals glaze principles while discovering beautiful glazes, and
>in his book which has become a standard reference. His latest
>in Ceramics Technical No.4 extends the approach to cover a full range
>firing temperatures and makes the method more accessible to potters
>with an
>aversion to chemistry and calculations.
>Recently a study group was formed on the Internet to use the method
>research and to share results.
>He has been invited to speak on the "History of Glazes" panel at the
>Worth NCECA conference in 1998.
>These days he spends most of his working life making decorative
>still does regular teaching, makes pots for pleasure only, and enjoys
>singing a-cappella.

Cheryl Litman
Somerset, NJ

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