It is often argued that a clay has only to be fired to the listed temperature, to be considered “well fired” or “safe”.
We at Ceramic Materials Workshop couldn’t agree less.
We need to understand what we should be actually looking for, when we are looking at the numbers for our clay bodies.
There is a scandal in ceramics.
The firing temperatures we are often told at “good” in fact are not. There is a standard that we should be expecting in commercial clays. Many clay bodies, especially at cone 6 do not meet that standard.
So let’s talk about vitrification and why it is important!
Check out this video on our Instagram page!
The CMW team has set a goal of completing over 3,000 glaze tests this summer! Follow along on our instagram and facebook pages to see how we are doing!
In this series of videos, we are testing the amount of energy that flows through our test kiln.
Ceramic Materials Workshop currently offers 3 types of online glaze and clay courses to fit our students' schedules and learning styles!
1) CMW Full Courses - Our most popular interactive option!
2) CMW Lectures Only Courses - Great option for students with limited time!
3) CMW Workshops – Perfect for students who want to learn on their own schedule!
Visit our website for more information www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com or email us at email@example.com
Since it's been awhile since we did an intro, we thought it would be a good time to introduce ourselves again!
We met as students at Alfred University where we were both studying ceramic art. After school Rose went to work as a glaze designer in the tile industry and Matt studied ceramic engineering from an artist’s perspective at Alfred and took up teaching glaze chemistry at the school.
We started CMW 5.5 years ago to help bring the classes that we developed for teaching at the university to the wider world. Our main goal was to slay all the myths and rumors that permeate ceramics and use ceramic science to help the community make their work the best it can be.
We believe that learning how the chemistry of glazes works will ultimately have a profound effect on your studio and we want to show you how to do it.
Over the last 5+ years, we've taught over 5,500 classes to over 3,500 students! There is SO much we want to share with you, so we hope that you decide to start your glaze journey with us soon!
"See" you all soon!
-Matt & Rose
Matthew and Rose Katz - Founders of Ceramic Materials Workshop
This is a place online to understand and explore how and why our Clay and Glazes work (and don't work).