Glaze Making and Understanding Materials: An Introduction

When and Where

8 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019 (15 hours, 3 weeks)
Days and times
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

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Anna Barlow
Course code

What you will learn

A rare opportunity to gain an insight into the materials that you may or may not know are in the glazes that you use. You will gain a basic understanding of what these materials are and how they make a difference to your glazes through making glaze tests. You will make basic glaze recipes from scratch and see the results each week. You will also explore these through line blending to create further results. Extended knowledge will be gained through sharing your results with each other.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Understand what the individual glaze ingredients do in a glaze
  • Understand how to put together different ingredients to create a glaze
  • Weigh different materials and mix glazes tests
  • Reflect on fired glaze tests and analyse results
  • Understand a basic awareness of Ceramics glaze materials Health and Safety in a workshop setting with due regard to self and others

Class format and activities

You will be listening and note taking about the chemistry of materials. You will be creating test tiles and batch glazes and firing these to different temperatures. You will be creating line blends using two glazes to see the potential of the glaze materials . You will be working in pairs to help understand and share information and results.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements


What you need to know before you enrol


What you will need for your class

A notebook and pen will be essential. You will also need an apron or old shirt. Appropriate masks will be available to buy at £5 each. you may bring your own.

What you can do next

Morley College offers a wide range of courses at all levels of ability. We recommend you attend at least 2 terms on the beginner course before moving on to various mixed level courses. Students can also look to progress onto certificated Part or full time Ceramics or 3D courses such as BETC, BA degree or MA postgraduate courses. Your tutor is also happy to advise in setting up your own studio. Many students go on after several years experience to setting up their own ceramic practice and exhibiting in open studio / house weekends and local and national craft fairs and galleries.