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Ceramic Formulas: the Complete Compendium
Ceramic Formulas the Complete Compendium Author:John W. Conrad The intricate formulas for glazes, clays, enamels, stains, and glass have lifted ceramics from a potter's rough craft to the art it is today. Now, beginning and professional ceramists alike can be confident of success, without having to conduct lengthy trial-and-error experiments-with 'Ceramic Formulas', a compendium of more than seven hundred t... more »ested formulas, and the only such source now available.
Designed to be used as a working manual that the ceramist can refer to as he produces his crafts, the book contains easy-to-follow coded color charts and covers:
-GLAZE: translucent and transparent, reduction, luster, mat, semigloss, gloss, crystalline, slip glazes, and glaze colorants
-ENAMEL: transparent and opaque
-GLASS: clear, opaque, transparent, luster, reduction and oxidation.
Each of the four basic ceramic areas is introduced with a concise and informative discussion of the properties of the material. methods of testing materials to determine their exact properties are described and comprehensive scales for evaluating results are provided. The formulas-all tested for reliability and safety by industry, potters, glassblowers, and enamelists-are grouped according to type of material and use, then further subdivided by media, use, firing temperature, and technique.
The author also includes a variety of special effects and explains how to achieve them-and he urges the ceramist to work out his own individual style once he has mastered the formulas and techniques presented.« less