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The Glaze Book [Spiral-bound]

Stephen Murfitt
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  • Spiral-bound: 320 pages
  • Publisher: KP Books; New title edition (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873492765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873492768
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 16.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Readers will find anything and everything they want to know about glazes in this one practical and workshop-friendly volume. More than 1,000 glazes are illustrated so readers can see the color and surface response each offers. The book covers utilitarian domestic ware and decorative ceramics, as well as firing and glazing techniques for both. It also features valuable information on preparation, application techniques, health and safety considerations, and kiln firing cycles.

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really useful, handy-sized guide to glazes. 9 May 2002
By A Customer
The book is divided according to clay types: earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. Each section contains glaze recipes for oxidation and reduction firings. The recipes are fully illustrated with tiles, and information on the quality of the glaze (e.g. matt/satin etc), and what to use the glaze for i.e. domestic, sculptural or decorative ware.
The authors has included sections on raku and soda firing, with a basic description of how each is achieved, and relevant recipes.
However, what really made the book for me, was a gallery of respected ceramicists who describe, briefly, their techniques, and sometimes include a recipe for the specific glaze/s. It helped to put the glazes into the wider context of surface treatment, and provided invaluable inspiration.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars useful up to a point 14 Oct 2009
The idea, layout and presentation of this book is excellent. However, I think too many of the stoneware glazes are above 1260 degrees and require a one-hour soak. This is very demanding on a kiln, many of which don't go over this temperature anyway. Also, although it looks as though the book is full of glaze recipes, a closer look shows that often it is the same glaze recipe with minor variations in the stain/oxide addition. This said, it is a great way of learning about glazes, and is ideally laid out for easy understanding. I'm very glad I bought it but wish it was just a bit better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Covers all areas 2 Feb 2013
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Billiant glaze book and ocvers all clays including Raku. I have use some of the recipes and they came out true to the book sample, so really pleased
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Up to date? 15 Aug 2002
This is a useful book, well presented and illustrated. Very useful if you are a beginner and need some inspiration and know how. Good guide to basic ingredients and what their purpose is at the beginning. Only annoying thing is why are the leading firing temperatures in degree F, this is 2002 not 1982.
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2.0 out of 5 stars OK if you know a bit already 4 Dec 2013
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As others have said, there actually aren't that many different glaze recipes in this book as most are slight variations on basic recipes. It's nicely produced and organised, but there's an annoying lack of necessary detail if you actually want to use some of the recipes and there's very little discussion of glaze theory.

At about £3 it was good value, and the pictures are nice, but if you're only going to buy one glaze book don't buy this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simple easy to follow 28 Dec 2012
This book is excellent value for money. It reads simply and like a cooking recipe book, has a test tile image next to each recipe and is comprehensive in that it offers a taste of glaze opportunities across a wide selection of firing ranges. Where you develop the recipies and tweak for colour depth is up to the progression of the glaze maker, but the initial basics are all in this simple easy to follow guide. I have found it to be a good simple uncluttered teaching aid too.
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