Developing your own glazes can be efficient and fun. But in many potteries and studios it isn't. Often the lessons at school about glaze calculation repelled the later ceramicists for a lifetime. And mostly the teacher forgot to do the most important thing: explaining what a Seger formula could be used for. Nevertheless glazes are a very important part of most ceramic pieces. They are providing a "skin" which is substantial for the attractiveness of a pot or sculpture and often decides about the economical success or failure of a potter. With the right tools and organisation glaze research can be done successfully in a relatively short time and with defensible effort.
Markus Böhm is fascinated by glazes for as long as 30 years. Although he fires his pots in a woodfired kiln all of his work is glazed in addition to the effects that wood ash, soda and salt are providing. In his workshop he will use stoneware glazes as examples, but many principles and procedures can be used also for other firing ranges.
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Markus writes . . .
"This workshop is suitable for all of you who would like to develop a deeper understanding of glazes so that you are able to develop those glazes that you want with a reasonable effort and to fire it successfully. It will be the fourth edition of my glaze seminars for the ICS Hungary. The first edition took place in 2014, and you can read the old announcement as well as the summary on Markus Böhm's website. There are also a lot of pictures giving an impression about the place and the kiln we used.
My speciality is the combination of volumetric blending and computer aided glaze calculation. These are both fantastic tools in itself, but the combination of those two methods accelerates the learning speed dramatically. And what sounds dry, complicated and far away will be useful and near after you've done it once or twice.
The results will be woodfired in the studio's Kusakabe Sasukenei 'Smokeless' Kiln. Any additional work made, which cannot fit into the kiln, can be fired in one of the gas kilns.
I hope there are many participants because the more people are there the more experiments can be made.
After one of the earlier workshops Patricia Shone, one of the participants, wrote: "I am finding all that you taught us on the course very useful. I am surprised that I have remembered so much! And my kiln firing is much faster and hotter now."
COURSE FEE INCLUDES
Accommodation in a single room.
Materials and any firings you need for the course.
24 hour access to the studio.
REGISTER FOR THE COURSE
Please complete the online booking form
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A 50% deposit is required upon acceptance to secure your place on the course. The balance may either be paid in advance or in cash on arrival at the studio.
Participants may have fifty per cent of the deposit refunded provided that we are notified 30 days before the start of the course. No refunds of deposits can be made after this deadline.
If we have to replace the course leader for any reason we guarantee the course will be held by a teacher of similar qualification. You may choose to participate in the course or transfer the deposit to another course of your choice. If none of these options are to your satisfaction your full deposit will be refunded.
PREPARATION FOR THE COURSE
Participants should bring with them their small personal hand tools. Remember to pack them in your stowed luggage not in hand luggage for flying.
Notebook, or sketch pad and pencil.
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Accommodation is in single rooms with shared bathroom and WC. Rooms are simply furnished with bed, desk, chairs, wardrobe and cupboard and supplied with clean bed-linen, pillows and towels. Artists have the use of modern, fully equipped kitchens with shared refrigerators, cookers and microwave ovens. All cups, plates, cooking pots, saucepans and cutlery is provided. There are spacious lounges and dining rooms. All accommodation is self catering.
We have a limited number of single en-suite rooms with their own shower and WC. If you require a single room with a private bathroom there is a supplement cost of 24,000 HUF for the course.
We have an extensive library of ceramic books and magazines as well as other art publications. There is wi-fi internet access in most areas. There is also a laundry facility with washers and dryer.
The studios will be available if you wish to continue making items, though these sessions will not be taught. Additional materials to those provided by the course may be purchased from the technicians.
The tutor instructs students in health and safety issues relevant to this course. Students may work unsupervised on agreed projects once they have satisfied the tutor as to their competence. There may be restrictions on the equipment available to students in the tutor’s absence.
All participants must be insured for medical and personal liability for the duration of their masterclass at ICS.
For EU citzens - please bring your EU Healthcard.
During the work period the ICS may document and publish the work of the artist in publications or on the ICS website.
ICS cannot offer storage for any artist’s works after the masterclass is completed.