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The Handbook of Glaze Recipes: Glazes and Clay Bodies [Hardcover]

Linda Bloomfield
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9 April 2014
The Handbook of Glaze Recipes is an essential studio companion for any potter. Covering a comprehensive range of glazes including porcelain, crystalline and raku as well as stoneware and earthenware, each recipe is illustrated with a useful test tile to demonstrate the effects of opaque, matte, and transparent glazes on different clays and at varying temperatures, and numbered for ease of reference. The book also features an introduction to the basics of mixing, applying and adjusting glazes, and correcting typical glaze faults. It also includes many clay body recipes, including a variety of ones for porcelain, wood firing and even Egyptian paste. Compiled by studio potter and glaze expert Linda Bloomfield, and based not only on on years of meticulously recorded tests, but also researched from a large assortment of established ceramic artists, The Handbook of Glaze Recipes is a must-have resource for any potter wishing to experiment or expand their glazes and clay bodies.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts; Spi edition (9 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408183684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408183687
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Linda Bloomfield BSc, PhD, originally trained as a materials scientist and worked as a scientific researcher at NEC in Japan and Imperial College in London. She now runs her own studio pottery business and sells her thrown tableware through shops and galleries across the UK and internationally. She is interested in glaze research and is currently writing a glaze recipe book. She is married with three children and lives in London.

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Linda Bloomfield has been involved with pottery since 1973, although her career path led her to train as a materials scientist. She received a BSc in Engineering Science and a PhD in Materials Science from Warwick University, UK. After stints as a visiting scholar at MIT and as researcher in Tsukuba, Japan and London, she set up her current studio in London in 2001. Since 2003 she has been selling through galleries across the UK and internationally, and her tableware is stocked by Liberty and David Mellor. She is a frequent contributor to Ceramic Review and is the author of two previous books, Colour in Glazes (Bloomsbury, 2011) and Contemporary Tableware (Bloomsbury, 2013).

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Good first glaze book - especially for contemporary styles and colours

This spiral-bound book's great for the workshop if you like the contemporary look of recent craft makers who work in porcelain and white clays. The paper, layout and spiral binding remind me of Murffit's glaze book, but where Murfitt liked opaque, broken glazes most of these are paler and clearer - not the 'brown' glazes of older pottery glazes.

There's enough information about application, chemistry, oxides, materials for most potters, whether you are at evening classes or on a mixed-media fine arts degree. There's only slight coverage of celadon and soda glazes in the book: for those at college, enough to get tempted, and maybe put some pieces in a firing. Serious gas/reduction and soda glaze afficionados would need more - as much about the kilns as about the glazes.

There's a good set of base glazes with different characteristics: it's hard to show in images, but it's great to have options on different kinds of matt and clear surfaces - especially important at the pale end of the spectrum. There's good base information about oxides and how they work - enough for experimentation, to try different colours in the various bases.

I particularly like the section on Egyptian Paste and clay bodies at the back - another way to experiment not usually covered, but probably easier to experiment with for the typical potter as they can be fired in an electric kiln.

A good first glaze book, with interesting hints of other possibilities to get you experimenting. Makers new to glazing will find many recipies that fit the contemporary look; potters with an extensive glaze book collection looking for that elusive new recipe will like the interesting new pale colours made from unusual oxides.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of $$ 13 Jun 2014
By VA - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a full-time ceramics instructor at a community college. I bought this book, as I often do, to add to my library of materials. The book just arrived today, and flipping through it I instantly realized it is a complete waste of money. The glazes are insipid and common at best- equal or better glazes can be found online for free. Also, many recipes use toxic materials. They rely heavily on barium for the mid-range glazes, which is the temperature I most often use at the college, and I can't believe I actually found LEAD bisilicate in a book published THIS YEAR!!! The introductory instruction is the most basic glazing techniques taught in a beginning level course, and then there is a very brief glaze theory section followed by lots of unappealing, old news recipes. This book is even worse than "The Potter's Book of Glaze Recipes" by Cooper. I would recommend that you spend your money on a more useful book like the Ceramic Arts Series "Cone 5-6 Glazes" instead.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money on this book 15 July 2014
By John - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an expensive way to gather a few recipes with multiple pages of slight variations of oxides for color modifications. It includes materials that are not wise choices for a studio potter such as lead frit and barium. Don't waste your money on this book.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 7 Aug 2014
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