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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (8 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408131218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408131213
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 18.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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A wonderful array of colourful glazes to whet the potter's appetite ... I would strongly recommend potters who use, or would like to develop the use of colour in their work, to give this book the serious attention that it deserves. --Craftsman Craft & Design

Clearly set out, visually appealing with intesne scientific detail balanced by clear text. Hard not to visit your larder full of glaze materials and start cooking up something new. --Shards: South Wales Potters Newsletter

The format is precise throughout the book with clear explanations accompanied by sharp coloured images of a feast of contemporary British practitioners' work and beyond ... I learnt a lot! --London Potters

The format is precise throughout the book with clear explanations accompanied by sharp coloured images of a feast of contemporary British practitioners' work and beyond ... I learnt a lot! --London Potters

About the Author

Linda Bloomfield Bsc, PhD, originally trained as a materials scientist and worked as a scientific researcher. She then started her own studio pottery business and now sells her thrown tableware through shops and galleries across the UK and internationally. She regularly writes articles for Ceramic Review.


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This excellent book by Linda Bloomfield contains invaluable information about the formulation of glazes. Linda has a science background and a sure grasp of her subject. The writing is clear and informative. The Book is well structured and Linda explains the complexities of combining glaze ingredients with considerable insight. Stoneware, porcelain, earthenware, raku and crystalline glazes are all covered and the book is well illustrated with photographs. Example glaze recipes from a wide range of sources are included and I came away from the book with a renewed desire to make experimental glaze tests of my own. Although focused on electric kiln firing the book also has examples of live flame ceramics and glaze recipes for comparison. A comprehensive and well researched guide for anyone who wants to start making their own glazes and a worthy addition to the library of the studio potter.
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Of all the books about glazes I've read recently this is the best. It explains what each of the chemicals do and how to achieve different colours and surface qualities. Using this in conjunction with 'The Potter's Palette' (Constant and Ogden) and 'The Potters Recipe Book' (Cooper) I know have the confidence to experiment in a way that I never have before.
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A potter's journey is an experimental one, especially when it comes to the quest for a good glaze.The author achieves a good balance here. The right blend of technical and practical information and advice, with an array of useful illustrations.A text which gives me the confidence to continue the quest with an increased understanding of the processes involved and a desire to push the boundaries still further.
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The promotion for this book gave the impression that it would be useful for those wishing to develop further skills in glaze making however it turned out to be rather basic. Would be a good buy if your just starting out but even then there are more comprehensive books - I would recommend for example 'The Potters Palette'by Constant and Ogden which has much more informative general information on mixing and applying and a fantastic and beautifully presented range of recipes.
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As a potter just beginning to get to grips with glazing, ths book is an absolute lifeline for me! It includes everythng needed to get to grips with the basics in a readable, easy to understand way. It covers all the basic glaze ingredients, explaining their function within a glaze. Full of clear and very helpful photographs, it then systematically goes through each colour, with recipes suitable for each type of clay. More technical information is included in the appendices.
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I would say, it's a beginner's guide on how to make basic colours. There is nothing in this book that one can't find on line (info about oxides, other materials, mixing ingredients, etc.). Pictures of test tiles next to glaze recipes give some guidelines on what to expect from the recipe, which might be useful (taking into consideration that the colour will depend on body, firing conditions,application and other factors). Otherwise, nicely presented and well illustrated book.
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It is very good in explaining the principles in glaze mixing and has helped a lot in understanding the processes. It was recommended by a ceramicist and I would agree that it is something of value
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I love this book. Not too technical but technical enough for what I want right now. Very interesting, well organised book and easy to follow.
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