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updated sun 31 jul 05


Elizabeth Priddy on thu 28 jul 05

To say that Ron has spent considerable time
working on glaze is the understatement of the

I am so old that I remember the time when you
actually had to do this yourself. There was no
wizard behind the curtain to ask, much less
get an answer.

I knew that if I waited long enough, the glaze folk
would eventually figure it all out, write it all down,
and I would not have to do this. Easiest check off
on the list yet. I am confident that with a minimum
of effort, I could research and fine a perfect glaze of
any texture, fit, color, cone, and still just buy it off
the shelf.

The alternative is warehousing chemicals and taking
time, which is a precious commodity. And so I want to
thank the glaze people for sharing. In the greater sense,
not just the formulas, but for the work.

It is really hard to figure what to try and give back.
I wish I had anything that Ron needed, but I doubt it.
I've seen his pots. (Let me know...)

If every potter had a dedicated glaze artist working by
their side, wood firings would pass by the wayside.
Dirty (and smoky) secret of some wood fire people:
They do it because they hate to glaze.

And that is why I love the chimney kiln I designed and
built. The glaze just happens.

The wood kiln will also be about form rather than

I have built the foundation. And I am planning a sale
for the fall that will pay for the brick and a ton of clay.

( I actually do the things I talk about. It just might take
a minute or two longer these days.)

I just wanted to let the glaze people know that I am not
discounting what they do when I say, Just buy it. I am
actually remarking on just how wicked hard it is. And
a lifetime is not too long to work to actually get somewhere
with it.

So right good on ya.


Ron Roy wrote:
This one is short of silica as well - so it will not be a stable glaze -
which means it may - under certain conditions lose colour in places - or
maybe all over.

Best not to use it as a liner glaze - and it will craze on most pottery clays.


Elizabeth Priddy

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Beaufort, NC 28516

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Ron Roy on sat 30 jul 05

Dear Elizabeth,

Thanks you for your that post - which I cannot take with a grain of salt by
the way.

I must take this opportunity to include John Hesselberth in the general
scheme of things.

We all owe him for the research and innovative work he has done on glaze
stability. Little did I realize just how strong his contribution to our
understanding of glazes would be when I proposed we write a book on glazes.

I have had many partners over the years - he is an example of the finest
one could wish for and he has made an enormous contribution to our craft -
and continues to do so.


Ron Roy
15084 Little Lake Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
Phone: 613-475-9544
Fax: 613-475-3513