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It only took 18 months (part-time) for me to learn about glazes and how to manipulate them to get results I want.  I have read so much about glaze chemistry I feel like my head is going to exploded.  For beginners I can't say enough about how helpful John Britts book, The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes was.

 

I want to thank everyone here at CAD for all your help also.  So many great things have come out of this last firing even having over fired.

 

I am posting just one of the glazes I have come up with.

 

I replaced pic with a smaller one.

 

 

 

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Thanks Joseph,

 

I guess what I'm try to express to other beginners is "you can do it too."

 

I don't consider myself an extremely bright person. But by not giving up I was able to learn to mix my own glazes. Some days I just would quit in frustration. But I would always go back into the studio and try again. When you are learning everything on your own the challenges can seem monumental.

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lost another post to the big hole.  at about 3 pm i congratulated you, chantay and asked if you were going to give your new glaze a name as beautiful as the glaze.  is it applied by dipping?  it is lovely.

 

yes, learning on your own is very difficult.  i know i used to be the only person to take out all the pottery making books at 3 different libraries.  at one point someone at the checkout desk said that if i stopped taking out one of them it would be discarded.  i tried to arrange to buy it but was told "it wouldn't be fair to anyone else who wanted to check it out".   :wacko:

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Old lady,

 

I think I was the only one to check out the pottery books too. I have bought a huge number of books. It amazes me how poorly some are wtitten, making a difficult topic more confusing. Now I am finding a shortage of more advanced pottery books, not that I need them yet. Hoping in the new year to be able to take a class again.

 

I didn't create this glaze. It is actually three glazes, two of them I adjusted slightly. If it wasn't so time consuming I would post more photos from this firing. Maybe later in the week.

 

Thanks for your kind words.

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Great work,Chantay!!

You are giving me a chase to run for it.....me inspired from you(to learn and mix my own glazes......If you could guide me more of the books about glazes).

 

 

(I guess what I'm try to express to other beginners is "you can do it too." )
 

Thanks for being an example...

 

Vinks!!

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I am intrigued by glaze chemistry ... I really am ... for now I'm using all commercial glazes because I don't have to worry about testing for food safety. But in this last kiln load I did mix Colonial White 1/2 and 1/2 with Versa 5 Clear to try and get a little break (Colonial White is just .... dull .... pretty, shiny, cooperative, and boooooring) and it worked! I felt a bit like a mad scientist, and I would imagine that feeling is 10x better when you actually made the whole glaze from scratch. :) Someday!! Someday. 

 

This glaze is beautiful, Chantay. Many layers and very much visual interest. Gorgeous. :):) 

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