I love reading up on chemistry but you can always melt some rocks and see what happens, that's the best way to do it.
I have been trying to think of a quick and dirty method to get a lot of results in a usable manner. I am not real interested at this time in just putting scoops of material into tiny bowls and firing them to see what happens. I know that is a more scientific way to go about it.
I was thinking about simply picking out a really simple clear glossy glaze, and a really simple matte clearish glaze.
Then adding materials at 5-10-15-20-25% increments and dipping tiles with catchers at each increment. Doing this two times for each one. One for a cone 6 no slow cool, and one with a slow cool. Then repeating the same thing for colorants, but something like 2-4-8-10-12%.
This is the most basic method I could think of to get actual results. Is this the type of testing you did Joel?
I know you ran some currie grid test, but I find if I wanted to run grid for all the materials in my studio it would be months of mixing. Compared to a few days/weeks of hard work doing it the more simple way.
The problem I have with this is, that I wont get any information about what certain ingredients do with other ones. So I would have to later go back and make up test that do like. 2% copper with 2% titanium, 4% copper with 4% titanium, 2% copper with 2% zinc, etc etc. I could easily go for years I imagine doing these test.
Not sure I am wanting to go that far, that is why I was hoping a book would have some information about the reactions of materials with other known materials, so I could just pick and choose my experiments with a more fine comb. I am going to order a book pretty soon. Probably start with Out of Earth, Into the fire. Then move into Understanding Glazes. I am trying to find them at the library but it seems I am not having much luck! = ( Might have to order them.
What did you do Joel to experiment with materials, and did you end up using any of your information from the experiments?