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glaze workshop in northern california

updated thu 17 jun 04


Morgan Britt on wed 16 jun 04

For those of you who have long awaited the arrival of Ron Roy, you
opportunity has arrived. For those of you who don't know, Ron is the
co-author of Mastering Cone 6 glazes and ClayArt's resident glaze guru.
We have managed to roust him from his Canadian hideaway and are
spiriting him to sunny California. He will be in Orangevale, California
(near Sacramento) from August 14-18, hosted by FireArt ClayWorks
( for a 2-part demo and hands on workshop
"Glaze Formulation: Unraveling the Mystery".

The workshop is offered in two categories:

The first is a 2-day weekend session on August 14 and 15th. Ron will be
delving into the basics of glaze formulation, explaining how little
chemistry one needs to know in order to formulate their own glazes. He
will be showing us working examples of how a shift in ingredients can
completely change a glaze or keep it exactly the same. He will be
demonstrating the use of Insight and GlazeMaster software for those of
you who would like to bring your laptops and give it a whirl. Ron has
trial software copies available for your use. This session is designed
to cater to both beginning and advanced glaze chefs and provide a rich
forum for questions and answers.

The second is a 5 day hands on workshop. The first two days are part of
the weekend session listed above, with an additional three days of hands
on mixing, testing and firing, using the techniques and information
learned in the weekend session or your examples you bring to the
workshop. We will look at our results and explore alternative fixes, as
well as talk about the methodology behind adjustments to accommodate
variations in temperature, color and surface. We will mix our own
glazes, test them on site, and then discuss the results and changes as a

PLEASE NOTE: The 5-day hands on session has limited enrollment. There
are only 2 slots left so if you are interested in the extended session
you need to get your registration in as soon as possible!

The course includes a workbook that provides the starting information
anyone will need to start understanding glazes from the molecular level.

There are hotel accommodations nearby, and camping on site is
available. FireArt keeps a running list to help out of town
participants work out roommate arrangements if they refer. We have
registrants coming from as far away as Alaska. FireArt ClayWorks if
located on 2 acres in the foothills of the Sierras. There is plenty of
parking. We will have a lunch order service available, and a group
potluck dinner on Sunday night.

Don't miss out on this rare opportunity. YOu can call Morgan Britt at
916-715-6113 for more information, or go to and
print out a form.

We look forward to seeing you in August!