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cataloging glazes

updated mon 27 mar 06


earlk on sun 26 mar 06

I read in Clay Times
"Hideaki Miyamura,
A Man of 10,000 Glazes".


How would one ever keep track of that many

Well, I suppose you could start by categorizing
the base glaze by cone - 10, 8, 6, 1, 01, etc.

Then you could use Michael Bailey's approach
of using the silica/alumina content: transparents,
silica mattes, alumina mattes, alkaline earth
mattes, etc.

Then maybe by color.

But how would you fit the odd-balls into this
scheme: copper reds, ash, crystallline?

If you had 10,000 glaze recipies how would
you catalogue them?

bothell, wa, usa

John Post on sun 26 mar 06

It's easy Earl,
9,999 bad ones that didn't work...
1 good one

>If you had 10,000 glaze recipies how would
>you catalogue them?

Lesley Alexander on sun 26 mar 06

Vivika Heino said a firing was wasted that didn't have a test in it. I
have a lot of those bits of test glazes too, and never kept a good
record. However, I've developed a new system that I think will work for
me. A.1 refers to types of glazes... clear, ash, celadon, copper, iron,
shino etc... Different glazes in each area then have their own
number... A.2-1 is Craig Martell's "Nuka." B.1-11 refers to color.
B.5-2 is Mel's 'Orange.' That way I can try to label things and
hopefully know in a year what the heck I was doing. In a year I'll know
if it works! Any body with a better system? Lesley, happy to know we're
finally getting our annual rainfall in Santa Barbara, CA....