"This book made me fall in love with glaze all over again."
—Ben Carter, author of Mastering the Potter’s Wheel
Whether you look forward to glazing your work or are guilty of saying "I hate glazing!" Amazing Glaze is for you. Join author and Odyssey Clayworks founder Gabriel Kline on a journey that makes glazing less intimidating and more fun. Start in the "glaze kitchen" where you'll set yourself up for success, then move on to learning the tools and techniques for getting your glaze right every time. Along the way, Gabriel shares dozens of tried-and-true recipes and combinations for both mid-range and high-fire glazes.
The recipes and foundational techniques of Amazing Glaze are just the beginning. Learn about layering with slip and underglaze, work with resists, and combine techniques to take your glazing above and beyond. Whether you're after crystalline effects, an elusive red, or a crash-course in applying decals it's all here. A variety of artist features and stunning gallery work from today's top artists will leave you inspired and ready to get glazing.
About the Author
Gabriel Kline is a professional potter who has taught ceramics classes for nearly two decades. He is the founder and director of Odyssey ClayWorks, an educational institution affiliated with Highwater Clays—one of the largest clay and ceramic materials companies in the United States. Gabriel serves as the resident artist program director, fostering connections with university programs and up-and-coming artists from around the world. He also directs Odyssey’s community volunteer and non-profit work, including partnerships with various substance abuse and recovery programs as well as Creative Forces, a collaboration between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and state arts agencies. He is the author of Amazing Glaze and Amazing Glaze Recipes and Combinations. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes and the 500 series.
Amazing Glaze takes an engaging look at what a glaze is, then why and how to use it, with a strong emphasis on planning ahead. It’s a book that will help many who struggle with the process—it may even encourage a new perspective for those who are in the ‘I hate glazing’ camp. If you find that you approach glazing with trepidation and anxiety that leads to indecision, or if you need more variation, creativity, and spontaneity in your surfaces, Kline's guidance will help you get beyond those roadblocks and find successful, personalized solutions to finishing your work.
This book made me fall in love with glaze all over again. With Amazing Glaze, Gabriel has created that rare glaze book that is both thorough and accessible, giving you the information and inspiration you need to spark your creativity. It is a must have for potters that are looking to expand their knowledge of ceramic surfaces and glazes.