Welcome to my MA blog, which I set up to accompany me during my two years studying for a masters degree in Ceramics at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK. This will chronicle my artistic developments along with more personal observations made during this time.

October 5, 2018

So, continuing my search for a lead glaze that I could fire at higher temperature I reduced the lead content but also ran a test on different temperatures from 1220°c to 1260°c. But the results on my test tiles were not really reliable nor conclusive except that too mu...

January 25, 2018

So, this figure is finally ready for glazing. I am very nervous as so much time has gone into making it and especially into decorating it with underglazes. How shall I best glaze it? First off I carefully paint on wax resist to the white band and areas wrapping around...

December 11, 2017

At this year's Pots in the Park exhibition I got to talk to Doug Fitch, who kindly offered to share with me his recipe for a honey glaze I saw on his stand that was fired to a high temperature. For various reasons I don't think this is the one for me though. Pity. 

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November 9, 2017

I am looking at developing glazed surfaces that look a bit like traditional English lead ware but fired to higher stoneware temperatures. The plan is that this will be another nod to old pottery traditions but as an up-to-date adjustment for glazing my large figures.

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September 27, 2017

I thought I had found the perfect transparent high gloss glaze that could double as a fake celadon by just adding Copper Oxide. However, when passing on the recipe to one of my fellow students, she pointed out to me that it contained Barium Carbonate, a substance which...

August 1, 2017

So, now I'm on the search for a decent fake celadon glaze which will give the same look but won't require firing in a gas kiln.

Initially I decided to adjust my recipe for a clear gloss s/w glaze by adding 1%, 2% and 3% copper oxide. I am rather pleased with the 1% addi...

July 13, 2017

As part of my research into the decorations for my next set of larger figures I've started to mix and test different celadon glazes.

A celadon glaze is a traditional greenish stoneware glaze produced in China, Korea, Thailand and Japan. The earliest celadon pottery...

May 17, 2017

So far I have just considered using clear glazes for my larger figures. However, after applying the brown translucent shellac over my slipped clay pieces I really come around to the idea that maybe I should be adventurous and consider adding coloured glazes to my reper...

May 12, 2017

After having each of us having done so base material test for glazes, which were fired in oxidation and reduction for comparison, Dave now asked us to do a line blend test combining two base materials. I decided to two test one involving more tradition materials and th...

May 9, 2017

My figure has come out the bisque firing with no real visible cracks. What a relief. Now I've hot two large figures and have to decide on how the glaze them. As my tests run parallel to my making I may have an idea of how to glaze the big pieces but meanwhile the test...

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