Santa Monica: January Glaze Chemistry with Kathryn Hillier
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You can glaze your pots, but how much do you know about glaze itself? How are glazes made? How can you alter a glaze recipe to change the sheen, the color, or the way a glaze flows? Gaining an understanding of glaze chemistry and learning to make your own glazes is an important step for any ceramicist who's serious about their work, and our Glaze Manager Kathryn Hillier will teach you the fundamentals of glaze chemistry in this four week course.
We will focus on formulating and firing glazes to cone 10 reduction, although the principles of glaze chemistry apply across the firing spectrum and you'll be able to use what you've learned in the course toward make glazes for any temperature range you wish. If you would like to work on cone 5 glazes in this course, we can help -- please email firstname.lastname@example.org after enrolling to let us know.
850 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Mondays from 5-7pm, plus an optional additional hour of lab time (ending at 8pm), or use our glaze lab during open hours throughout the week. Four class sessions total.
Join us for a four week course of glaze exploration where you will create your own cone 10 glazes from scratch. In this class, we'll talk about the science that goes into formulating glazes (we will be looking at the periodic table of elements!) and you will learn about the different ingredients that go into a glaze, explore how they interact with each other, and create, mix, and test your own glaze recipes with materials provided. The science behind glaze chemistry is presented in an accessible, easy-to-follow way with plenty of time each week for Q&A with your instructor.
All skill levels are welcome to take this class, but you should have some experience working with clay, and knowledge of the basic glaze application process is recommended.
All materials and supplies are provided. Classes will consist of a lecture plus time for Q+A and mixing your glazes. For an hour after class, a glaze technician will be present to help you in the lab if you'd like to stay and continue working. You may also use our glaze lab during open hours throughout the week if you prefer.
We'll be focusing on cone 10 glazes, which will be fired in a reduction atmosphere, however the principles of glaze chemistry apply across the firing spectrum and you'll be able to use what you've learned in the course toward make glazes for any temperature range you wish.
If you would like to work on cone 5 glazes in this course, we can help -- please email email@example.com after enrolling to let us know.
Cancellations made 4 or more days before the date of class will be refunded. For cancellations made fewer than 4 full days, but more than 24 hours before the start time, a 50% refund or 50% credit toward another class or workshop will be issued. We cannot provide refunds or credits for cancellations or rescheduling requests made fewer than 24 hours before the course begins, if you miss class, or arrive too late to participate.
Our classes are for adults. If you have a child under 18 interested in taking a class, please contact us before enrolling.