Making Glazes: demystifying the basics – C1115-18

Date: Aug 13 - 17, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Richard Burkett

Tuition: $995
Studio Fee: $95
Registration Fee: $45


Demystify the complexities of making or modifying your own glaze palette in this dynamic workshop that takes the guesswork out of glaze. From kitchen chemistry to using HyperGlaze software, we learn how glazes work, and how to make them work for you. Gain an understanding of what certain chemicals do in your glazes, and how that can help you obtain the colors and surfaces you want. Fine tune your ceramic style with the help of this fun and important course.


Students engage with glaze mixing and testing on test tiles and small pots made in class. Lectures cover an introduction to glaze chemistry and HyperGlaze software. We fire kilns at cone 6 oxidation and cone 10 reduction.


We spend our mornings and afternoons in lectures and discussion, and then put what we’ve learned into practice by mixing glaze tests.


Richard Burkett has been a professor of art at San Diego State University for the past 29 years. He received his M.F.A. from Indiana University. He has traveled extensively in Ecuador, researching and photographing Ecuadorian potters and documenting indigenous pottery cultures in the Amazon basin. He recently co-authored a book on Ecuadorian Kichwa pottery and is co-author of Ceramics: A Potter’s Handbook. Richard is the author of HyperGlaze, educational glaze calculation software for artists, and has lectured internationally in Korea, Ecuador, Sweden, Turkey and Finland.

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