Dry Glazes

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By Jeremy Jernegan

Dry glazes, also known as matte glazes, provide ceramic artists with an alternative to conventional glossy and transparent finishes.  Potters such as Lucy Rie and Hans Coper frequently used matte and opaque coatings in their work.  Contemporary sculptors employ dry glazes to add texture and depth to the surface of their pieces.  Still, little information has been published on matte glaze techniques until now.

In Dry Glazes, artist and educator Jeremy Jernegan covers everything ceramicists need to know to create and manipulate a range of matte glazes, from satin to cratered.  This compact yet complete guide contains more than 270 formulas and recipes for slips, sigillatas, vitreous englobes, oxides, and stains.  Jernegan gives clear and thorough instruction on application and firing methods, including raku. He also explains safe and enfironmentally responsible ways to handle the chemicals involved.  Dry Glazes not only contains step-by-step color photographs of test tiles and procedures, it features illustrations of works by contemporary makers who have used matte glazes to great effect.

With over one hundred illustrations and an in-depth treatment of techniques, materials, and creative approaches, Dry Glazes is a smart addition to any clay worker's library.  It is a practical and inspirational resource for ceramics practitioners, instructors, and students who want to make or alter their own glazes.