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A complete guide to fantastic special effects glazes for studio potters.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Section 1: Glaze Principles and Application 1. Understanding Glazes 2. Glaze Materials and Minerals 3. Colouring Glazes 4. Impurities and Variation In Materials 5. Stability and Durability 6. Creating and Testing Glazes 7. Glaze Mixing and Application 8. Firing 9. Glaze 'Defects' Section 2: Special Effect Glazes 10. Special Effects: The Chemistry 11. Crackle Glazes 12. Ash Glazes 13. Celadon and Copper Red Glazes 14. Drippy Glazes and Chun Glazes 15. Crystalline Glazes 16. Shrink and Crawl: Lichen Glazes 17. Volcanic, Lava or Crater Glazes 18. Spotted Glazes 19. Metallic Glazes 20. Layering Glazes Conclusion References Bibliography Appendices 1. Glaze Materials UK:US Materials Substitutions 2. Orton Cone Temperatures 3. Ceramic Materials, Chemical Formula and Molecular Weight 4. Limits for Stable Glazes 5. Periodic Table of Elements 6. Materials Analysis for UK Frits, Clays and Feldspars 7. Materials Analysis for US Frits, Clays and Feldspars Suppliers Laboratories for Leach Testing of Glazes Health and Safety Index

About the Author

Linda Bloomfield trained as a materials scientist before fulfilling her dream of becoming a potter. She has made thrown porcelain tableware in her West London studio since 2003 and sold her various ranges through Liberty and Harrods, as well as to Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa Restaurant and Michelin-starred restaurant The Clove Club. She has written several best-selling books on ceramic glazes and is a frequent contributor to Ceramic Review.


Right up there with the best of them ... Linda should be congratulated * London Potters *
The knowledge of glazes is an evolutionary process ... Special Effect Glazes makes a valuable and desirable contribution to this lineage of knowledge ... I encourage you to embrace this delightful publication. -- Kevin Boyd * The Journal of Australian Ceramics *
... there is a ton of information and a variety of recipes in this book [...] there are many useful clues and ideas of how to test and push the glazes in a direction that works for your studio. * The Studio Manager *

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