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Experimental Glazing Short Course

Course description

This is a one week intensive course in glazing to introduce the various materials required to make your own glaze and the technical application of the glaze to the fired clay. Glaze is a fundamental process of ceramics and gives the clay surface a huge range of colour and depth. Due to the many stages of making ceramics, glazing is often left to the last minute and does not get the full attention that is needed to achieve the required finish.

You will learn the difference between glossy, satin and dry glazes, onglaze and underglaze and how to apply the glaze by dipping, pouring or spraying. The tutor will advise you on the uses of different glaze materials but you will be expected to experiment and make tests that you can take home once they have been fired. This course has been set-up for students who already have fired pieces that they would like to glaze, either on previous courses here at CSM or elsewhere. Students must be able to know what type of clay they have used and the firing range if they are to bring in their own pieces.

Students would benefit from bringing a body of work that requires a glaze.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

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Your tutor will outline the course agenda in detail on day one of your course. 


Please bring to the first session:

  • Apron
  • Visual research
Meet the Tutor:

An intensive course introducing materials required to make a glaze and the technical application to fired clay. Learn the difference between glossy, satin and dry glazes, onglaze and underglaze, and how to apply the glaze by dipping, pouring or spraying.

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