International interest in crystalline glazes was rekindled in the 1980s when significant increases in kiln technology occurred which allowed studio potters and ceramic artists access to these developments. This was linked with a search for a new individuality of expression, especially as many of the once-treasured and beautiful Chinese celadons, chuns, hare's fur, ox-blood and oil spot glazes were available within the grasp of every virtually every potter via the internet. For ceramicists however, there is more to a glaze than a recipe, and factors such as the clay body, thickness of glaze application and the type of kiln and firing conditions, fuel used and kiln atmosphere are as important as the glaze recipe itself in achieving a certain glaze quality. This paper examines aspects of the kiln and firing procedures that affect the growth of crystals in high-temperature glazes. In particular, it addresses the influence of the glaze recipe and firing cycle on crystal development and ways to manipulate these to develop a desired technical and aesthetic outcome.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of the Australian Ceramic Society|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|