Glaze of Our Lives

Understanding Glazes

for the Beginner

Little to no experience?

This course is designed to help students learn foundations of what glazes are and how they work.

Get your questions answered.

Debunk every ceramic myth you have been told.

Over 12 hours of content.

Students may enjoy lectures and handouts whenever and however often. Videos are viewable only through a computer or mobile browser.

Course Description

´╗┐Glazes can be a confusing and an intimidating subject for both new ceramic students and tenured professionals. The world of ceramic glaze is full of new terms, technology, processes and heartbreak. Post-Firing Depression can be a real problem! As we try our hardest, the outcome so often does not match our vision. Our hopes and dreams can be dashed by a lackluster glaze or flaw that mars our beautiful work!

Do not despair. Glazes do not have to remain a mystery. This course offers students the opportunity to truly understand how a glaze works. Despite being a challenge to master, the nature of glazes can be simple to understand.

All experience levels are welcome. Whether you are new to glazes or have years of experience, Glaze of Our Lives is the next step in ensuring that what comes out of the kiln matches your vision. This is a self-guided course allowing students to take all the time needed to work through the course. Access does not expire allowing students to refer back to concepts as questions or ah-ha! moments arise in the studio.

This course is hosted by the Archie Bray Foundation (Bray) only. Content is the property of the Ceramic Material Workshop (CMW) which they have made available at a discount to our community as a way to support public-facing education programs found caught in the online transition caused by Covid-19 concerns. Thank you Ceramic Material Workshop for your support!

For 25% off, use coupon code BRAY at checkout.

Matthew Katz is a ceramics materials nerd—there is no getting around it—who hopes to share his knowledge and experience with you. Katz has a BFA and MFA in ceramic art. He has worked in ceramic science for 20 years including having taught ceramic science for artists at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University for 15 years. His understanding of how artists work and think combined with the knowledge of ceramic science enables Katz to teach artists to make the most of their materials.

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Purchase Access (Online Content Only)

Over 12 hours of content included

Enjoy all the benefits of this course including limitless access to online content and viewing. When you purchase this online course, you will have access to this content for as long Ceramic Materials Workshop and the Archie Bray Foundation's online school exist. Purchase allows online viewing of instructional videos and associated content in above course only. Content is available only to the purchaser and for personal, non-commercial use. For group and classroom access, contact [email protected] directly.