Honours Investigation Into Ceramic Materials

Silica SiO2 In Powdered Form

Silica SiO2 In Powdered Form

What Is a Glaze?

A glass that fuses to a ceramic surface, affording strength to the body whilst adding aesthetic value. Comprised of a glass former - Silica, a stabiliser - Alumina and a flux - ie. Calcium, Iron, Strontium

 
Reclaimed Glaze - Adding Fluxes

Reclaimed Glaze - Adding Fluxes

Reclaiming Glaze

Waste glaze is a prominent occurrence in the potter’s studio. Spilt on the floor, washed off the base of a pot or caught in the spray booth. This material is discarded despite being completely functional it just reflects a mysterious blend of mineral and oxides.

 
Currie Grid, 35 Square Blend

Currie Grid, 35 Square Blend

The Currie Grid

Ian Currie developed a method of observing the response of alumina, silica and fluxes in a grid arrangement. Altering glazes volumetrically to understand behaviours of these important materials.

 
Clay : Glaze Line Blend

Clay : Glaze Line Blend

Combining Clay With Glaze…

What happens when you mix reclaimed glaze with clay? Is there a malleable middle ground? This image illustrates a volumetric blend between the two materials. With a shrinkage bar, melt test and translucency tile.

 
Oxides Open A Window Of Colour

Oxides Open A Window Of Colour

A Base Glaze With Oxides…?

Oxides afford the opportunity to introduce colour to glaze. Taking a stable and familiar with oxides additions can open up a world of colour. This image shows a Magnesia Matt White under the inclusion of 9 sets of colourants.