mike stanfield on mon 24 apr 00
Can anyone give me a recommendation for a good general glaze reciepe book
for cone 6 glazes. Thanks in advance.
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Paul Lewing on tue 25 apr 00
mike stanfield wrote:
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> Can anyone give me a recommendation for a good general glaze reciepe book
> for cone 6 glazes. Thanks in advance.
Mike, I hope you're reading all the comments on Tom Coleman's glaze book
when you ask for "good" glazes. Understand that virtually every glaze
recipe that's ever been published was "good" for someone, somewhere, on
some clay, with some set of chemicals and water and altitude and kiln
and firing cycle and application style. I once heard a comment in a
discussion of how giving and generous potters are. One person said,
"Well sure they'll tell you everything they know. They know it won't
work for you anyway."
But to offer you some more concrete help, check out John Conrad's
"Complete Compendium of Ceramic Formulas". It has pages and pages of
nothing but glaze recipes for all temperatures. I've used some of his
cone 5 and cone 10 glazes for years, some as is, and some with slight
modifications. Richard Zakin has also published scads of recipes in a
bunch of books, and my favorite book on electric firing is Emmanuel
Cooper's "Electric Kiln Ceramics".
But no glaze will ever meet your needs or satisfy your soul like one you
make up yourself. Like catching trout on flies you tied yourself. I
don't think I'm being immodest when I say that many people admire my
glazes. Well, I've used those recipes many times teaching wokshops in
other studios, and I've never once seen them "work" anywhere else for
Doesn't that just brighten your day? Good luck and happy testing!
Paul Lewing, Seattle