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Mastering cone 6 glazes : improving durability, fit and aesthetics

Author: John Hesselberth; Ron Roy
Publisher: Brighton, Ont. : Glaze Master Press, ©2002.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Hesselberth; Ron Roy
ISBN: 0973006307 : 9780973006308
OCLC Number: 48494448
Description: 168 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm.
Contents: Why this book is needed --
What do we mean by stable or durable glazes? Is that different from "food safe" glazes? --
The Seger Unity formula and its relevance to our work --
Basics of glazing and firing --
Safety first --
Purchase and storage of glaze chemicals --
Weighing and mixing --
Glaze suspension (flocculents and deflocculents) --
Bisque preparation : bisque firing; cleaning; glaze resists --
Applying glazes --
Firing: loading; rate of firing and cooling --
Testing glazes for stability and fit --
Testing for resistance to acids : in-studio testing; quantitative testing by a professional testing laboratory; interpretation of results --
Testing for resistance to alkalis --
Testing for resistance to thermal shock (clay/glaze fit) --
Testing for resistance to knife marking --
Testing for wear and scratch resistance --
Testing for suitability for use in a microwave oven --
Making a stable glaze --
Rule 1. Have enough silica --
Rule 2. Have enough alumina --
Rule 3. Thoroughly melt the glaze --
Rule 4. Use moderate levels of colorants and opacifiers --
Guideline 1; guideline 2; guideline 3 --
What about limit formulas? --
Fitting glazes to your clay body --
Understanding crazing, dunting and shivering : crazing; shivering or dunting --
Determining clay/glaze fit for your materials --
Understanding dilatometer measurements --
Expansion test glazes and how to use them --
Interpreting calculated and measured expansion numbers --
Are calculated expansion numbers useful? --
Expansion test glazes --
Stoneware and porcelain glazes --
Base glazes: high calcium matte/semimatte glazes; general purpose glassy base glazes; glossy base glaze 2; a clear, glossy liner glaze; a zinc semimatte/glossy base glaze --
Specialty glazes : a chrome/tin pink glossy glaze; waxwing brown; waterfall brown; a cone 6 "maiolica" glaze; alumina and magnesia matte glazes --
Developing your own glazes --
Glossy versus matte --
Level of transparency/opacity --
Solid color versus variegated glazes --
Ron's approach to glaze development --
John's approach to glaze development.
Responsibility: John Hesselberth and Ron Roy ; foreword by Janet Mansfield.

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One of the best glaze books I've run into

by Radagast97 (WorldCat user published 2010-01-14) Excellent Permalink

This book gives an in-depth explanation of the why's and what's involved in glaze analysis and construction. He's not afraid to both go into the chemistry and try to break in down into something understandable to the lay person.

This is, quite literally, the best book I've read on the subject...
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