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Oriental Glazes (Ceramics Handbooks) [Paperback]

Michael Bailey
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21 July 2004 Ceramics Handbooks
Oriental Glazes offers a complete overview of the art of high fire reduction glazing, which can be notoriously difficult to master. Michael Bailey has provided in-depth research to bring a wide variety of Oriental glazes to the reader with explanations, notes, and direction where needed. He discusses recipes, chemical make-up, and troubleshooting, and examines current artists' use of these unique glazes. A wide variety of techniques and glazes are presented, from celadons and tekmokus to the more specialized tea dust and hare's fur. Oriental Glazes is an instructive guide that emphasizes firing in a flame kiln (using gas, oil, propane, or wood), with the oxygen supply restricted at the top end of the firing. This creates the reducing effect that brings about the changes, especially to the metallic coloring oxides copper and iron, that produce the subtle and beautiful qualities associated with the classic Far Eastern glazes. This clear and practical volume offers a starting point for beginners and a rich source of recipes and approaches to the established potter. With his logical, organized format and encouraging tone, Bailey's handbook is a clear and comprehensive guide on how to produce these striking glazes today.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (21 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812218906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812218909
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,606,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Bailey is a partner at Bath Potters Supplies. Both a scientist and a studio potter, he is a frequent contributor to pottery journals such as Ceramic Review.

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This book is a sequel to Glazes Cone 6 (also in this Ceramics Handbook series), which looks at oxidised glazes for firing in an electric kiln. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars The bible for high temperature glazes 23 Nov 2013
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If you do not already have this, and you are a potter specializing in high temperature glazes, then you should consider adding it to your workshop bookshelf. A wealth of first class information not to be missed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glazes, glorious glazes 21 Jun 2007
By AF Vosloo - Published on Amazon.com
A great book with 'recipies' for some beautiful glazes !
I gave this book to a professional potter friend of mine after lending it to her to just to 'scan'. She wanted to buy this book from me, being so impressed. Now I borrow the book on occasions....say no more....
The only drawback (I feel)is that this book does not provide subsitutes for raw materials sometimes unavailable in our country, which means you have to figure this out yourself. Like any new glaze recipy you try, you'll have to test for clay compatibility, etc, etc.
But we've had some excellent results.
A great buy for any potter interested in Oriental glazes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average glaze book! A book for working potters. 4 Mar 2011
By mudbirdy - Published on Amazon.com
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A lot of information is packed into this little 128 page book. It gives you the "down and dirty" you need without all the superfluous distractions. It covers mostly high fire reduction and assumes you have some basic knowledge of glazes and glazing (a sequel to Glazes Cone 6, which is oxidation firing). I really like that the author is showing the hows and whys of glazes by plotting on a graph (David Hewitt's CeramDat) plus talking about specific glaze ingredients, glaze application, when to reduce, soaking time, how the glaze originated - you get the picture. This is an excellent glaze book, much better than the books of recipes you normally get from most people! There is a very helpful appendix and glossary in the back (thanks)and many well known potters known for glaze research are contributors to this book among them are David Hewitt, Pete Pinnell, Phil Rogers, John Britt ...This book will help you understand glazes AND firing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good glaze book 26 Nov 2013
By Mrs. Betty Peach - Published on Amazon.com
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Good information and good recipes for glazes in several firing ranges. I am always in the look out for good glaze recipe books. This book is tried and true.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 31 July 2014
By Susan C. Maguire - Published on Amazon.com
Nothing “Oriental’ about it! I could have gotten those glaze formula anywhere.
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