ART 526/627 Clay & Glaze Technology in Ceramic Design/Advanced Clay and Glaze Techniques

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Content: Art 526/627 Clay & Glaze Technology FALL 2015
Class times: Tues. (lecture/discussion) 12:30-3:10, Thurs. (discussion & lab) 12:30-3:10 + open lab
OFFICE HOURs: Tuesday 9-11 & by appointment
Art Office - 594-6511
Richard's Office - 594-6201
Blackboard: Ceramics Studio - 594-4192 Richard Burkett - Email: [email protected]
Overview: The goal of this class is to gain both an intuitive feel for clay and glaze as art materials and a more detailed knowledge the technical side of how glazes and clay bodies work. The focus will range from simple blending of glazes to glaze formula calculation to more quickly modify glazes to work as expected. You are expected to take an active part in discussions, complete the weekly lab assignments and one individual Final Project, and keep an accurate, detailed notebook of your investigations. Tuesdays will primarily be slide lecture and discussion, with Thursdays classes being a lab and Problem Solving day. As the assigned projects will often involve specialized weekly class firing, the on-time completion of your work for each project is crucially important to stay on track and to see results from the WHOLE class! You're all a critical part of the learning process. Firings will usually occur on one day of the week­arranged each week. In the past this has been Friday, but it depends on everyone's schedule. Each of you will be expected to learn to fire the kilns (if you haven't already) and take part in firings on a rotating basis. Expect to help with at least 2-3 firings during the semester. We'll try to keep most of the firings in easy-to-fire kilns. Grad students are expected to complete a more complex final project, focusing on surfaces that apply to their studio work, and also to present one special topic presentation to the class (date arranged). learning outcomes/Assessment: By the end of this class you will be expected to have developed an understanding of the basics of:
Safety and health issues for ceramists Clay body mixing and formulation Slips and engobes Glazes: mixing and simple formulation Glaze blending and methodology How firing affects glazes, incl. special firings
Familiarity with the uses of ceramic materials Simple glaze calculations and chemistry Using glaze software to better understand glazes How oxides and raw materials function in glazes Colorants: how to use them in slips and glazes Kiln building basics (rebuild the soda kiln)
Final Project: !The final project will be described in detail later, but will include the goal of developing a new palette of slips and glazes for the ceramics studios. These glazes should ideally be ones which you might want to use on your own work. Plan to make a few small pieces of your own use with these glazes. Glazes in the cone 6 to cone 10 range will be the focus. 10 reduction glazes can be tested in larger class firings closer to the end of the semester, and I hope. The weekly assigned glaze tests should be helpful in finding glazes that you find interesting. Planning ahead and having tests ready for firings is critical. !The focus of this class is to gain familiarity with clay, glaze and firing techniques so you can use them more effectively in your work. You are expected to continue to make small scale work of your own. Obviously one doesn't want to test new unpredictable glazes on a large piece that took a long time to make.
students with disabilities: ! If you are a student with a disability and believe you will need accommodations for this class, it is your responsibility to contact Student Disability Services at (619) 594-6473. To avoid any delay in the receipt of your accommodations, you should contact Student Disability Services as soon as possible. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive, and that I cannot provide accommodations based upon disability until I have received an accommodation letter from Student Disability Services. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Art 526/627 Clay & Glaze Technology Class times: Tues. (lecture/discussion) 12:30-3:10, Thurs. (discussion & lab) 12:30-3:10 + open lab
FALL 2015
RequiRed Books and Supplies:
Art 526/627 Reader
class materials and handouts (many will be on the Blackboard website:
Lab Fee - $20 payable at the cashiers office (while you're there pay for at least 2-3 of bags of $5 clay, too,
that you'll need to make test tiles)
USB Flash Drive or laptop computer (for HyperGlaze software that we'll use in class)
notebook - a ring binder is good to be able to add handouts. Bring to every class.
calculator - small, inexpensive, available - use the one in your cell phone
brushes:! !one fine pointed small brush suitable for small lettering & labeling tiles
!one 3/4" wide flat, soft watercolor brush for applying glaze ­ both can be artificial bristle
permanent black felt marker (Sharpie-type to write on plastic glaze containers and re-label test tiles)
dust mask - must have NIOSH rating for dusts and mists (N95) ­ disposable kind w/ 2 straps okay
rubber gloves (disposable latex or nitrile gloves, or heavier reusable ones)
apron, lab coat, or other removable light protective clothing ­ wear when mixing glazes
plastic zipper-lock bag for dust mask - keeps it clean and reusable
plastic zipper-lock bags (gallon size) to dry mix and store dry glaze and clay batches
plastic lidded containers - one pint (16 oz.) size is good, plus a few larger ones with tight-fitting lids
!Note: You can also buy a large supply of 16 oz disposable plastic containers and lids in
! bulk at Smart & Final for under $10.
!DO NOT USE REUSED FOOD CONTAINERS! The possible fine for putting art materials of
any kind in a food container previously labeled and used for food is at least $1000 per
container! All containers of glaze MUST be clearly labeled with the glaze contents.
masking tape/blue tape for labeling containers
Recommended Supplies: (permanently mark all kitchen-type tools with: NOT FOR FOOD)
measuring teaspoon set, plastic measuring cup (with cup and milliliter markings)
rubber spatula to mix and scrape out glaze containers
black underglaze pencil (some will be provided - you may want your own) for labeling tiles
hand blender (about $20) or an old blender (donations accepted for class use!) for glaze mixing
personal-size test sieve (from Free Form) for screening test batches + stiff stencil brush for screening
Bibliography: Many of the books below are available online, often at a discount if you would like to purchase your own. Some of these books are in the SDSU Library, others may be in the Clay Club library in ceramics.
Recommended Books (* highly recommended):
* The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes, by John Britt * The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at Cones 4-7, by John Britt * Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist's Guide to Glaze and Color, by Brian Taylor & Kate Doody * Developing Glazes, by Greg Daly * The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques, by Frank and Janet Hamer * The Ceramic Glaze Handbook: Materials, Techniques, Formulas, by Mark Burleson Cushing's Handbook, by Val Cushing The Ceramic Spectrum ­ 2nd ed, by Robin Hopper Out of the Earth, Into the Fire - 2nd Edition, by Mimi Obstler Ceramics: A Potter's Handbook ­ 6th Edition, by Glenn Nelson and Richard Burkett Revealing Glazes: Using the Grid Method, by Ian Currie Ceramic Faults and Their Remedies, by Harry Fraser - available from The Potters Shop (781) 449-7687
Art 526/627 Clay & Glaze Technology Class times: Tues. (lecture/discussion) 12:30-3:10, Thurs. (discussion & lab) 12:30-3:10 + open lab
FALL 2015
reference materials: (most of the books are out of print, but in libraries) Ceramic Science for the Potter, W. G. Lawrence Ceramic Glazes, Parmelee and Harman (more technical, but lots of info) Ceramic Colors and Pottery Decoration, Kenneth Shaw Ceramic Industry magazine annual "Materials Handbook" issue ­ online at CeramicsTECHNICAL magazine - not in SDSU library - online at Internet Resources: Victoria & Albert Museum, London UK ­ ­ huge collection of world ceramics Museo Larco ­ ­ one of the best collections of South American ceramics SDSU Blackboard website: ­ many links to ceramics technical and historical info, museums, galleries, contemporary artists, and much more The CeramicsWeb: ­ and other websites which are linked there Search for glaze recipes online ­ there are a number of sites, do a search Ceramic Arts Daily ­ ­ subscribe for free for lots of info and recipes Mason Color ­ ­ ceramic stain information Laguna Clay website ­ ­ information on clays, materials, MSDS Aardvark Clay website ­ ­ information on clays, materials, MSDS Orton cone website ­ ­ click on Resources material analyses ­ do a web search, will often com up - good resource books with lots of recipes ­ some have photos of the glazes: Ash Glazes, Phil Rogers Ceramics: Ways of Creation, Richard Zakin The Ceramic Surface, Matthias Ostermann The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes, John Britt Contemporary Ceramic Formulas, John Conrad Electric Kiln Ceramics, Richard Zakin The Glaze Book, Stephen Murfitt Glazes Cone 6, Michael Bailey Glazes and Glazing Techniques: A Glaze Journey, Greg Daly Mastering Cone 6 Glazes, John Hesselberth and Ron Roy Oriental Glazes, Nigel Wood Pottery Glazes, David Green Smashing Glazes, Susan Peterson Dry Glazes, Jeremy Jernegan Glazes from natural sources, Brian Sutherland and Nigel Wood Also check for specific articles on clays, glazes, and ceramists in these magazines: Many of these now have some of their articles online and searchable: Ceramics Monthly (December issue has an index of topics, also search online) Clay Times Studio Potter CeramicsTechnical

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