Preparing for the Clay and Glaze class at Southwestern Community College, I have been researching the web for links and of course, looking at some books to recommend. Here is my list so far:
Digitalfire has a wonderful Materials Reference Database where users can read about clay & glaze materials, additives, colorants, etc. Great site! It also contains a troubleshooting area for glaze default corrections. This is an overall good site to reference – though like everything we read, it may not all be absolutely true! Test test test for yourself!!!!
Glaze class links:
Linda Arbuckle has a fantastic array of handouts for her classes at the University of Florida that can be used by individuals or classes.
Glendale Community College has numerous clay links and tons of ceramic information online. I really appreciate them! For glaze calculation, they have posted an Introduction to Glaze Composition.
Duncan Shearer, a potter in New Zealand, hosts glaze classes and offers some great information and projects online to help folks learn on their own in his Glaze Course. Now I do believe you must pay Duncan to get the most benefit from his course, but I found his assignments to be helpful in their own right.
Another link if you plan to teach yourself or host a class and need course material (assignments) is the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Christopher Stanley, ceramics instructor, put together a nice set of projects with some good humor to boot.
That is all the hot GLAZE links for now. (See Clay links below). Oh – I don’t want to forget to put in a plug for books:
“Clay and Glazes for the Potter” by Daniel Rhodes and revised by Robin Hopper
“The Ceramic Spectrum” by Robin Hopper
are two highly recommended books for clay and glaze information. There are other books out there that give a wealth of info on specific techniques like:
“The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes” by John Britt
“Electric Kiln Ceramics” by Richard Zakin
“Craft and the Art of Clay” by Susan Peterson
“The Ceramic Glaze Handbook: Materials, Techniques, Formulas” by Mark Burelson
and many others….(these are the ones in my collection that I use all the time).
By the way, I linked these books to Amazon.com to get the book info up for you automatically; however I tend to purchase my books online from other sources. One such source I enjoy is Better World Books because they send some of each dollar spent with them to fight illiteracy.
Jeff Campana began searching for a commercial cone 6 clay to replace the clay he formulated and mixed on his own. At his blog, you can read about his tests on various commercial clays in his Cone Six Clay Throwdown. I find these posts highly informative. Not only do they help you in choosing a body for your own work, but the way he breaks down each test and his reasons behind the tests help anyone to think more about their clay body, its working properties and how to test clays for your needs. To read more posts on this blog, you need to click on the Blog link and browse through. You will find, along with the one I have linked to, separate blog posting for each clay tested.