Science for Potters
Science for Potters, by Linda Bloomfield, covers those aspects of science that are useful to potters and that help to give a deeper understanding of ceramic materials and processes. By gaining a deeper understanding of materials, their structure, composition, origins, and how they interact, potters can have greater control over and new insights into their craft.
Many people think that science is a subject that is at the opposite end of the spectrum from art. But ceramic artists know that ceramics IS science as much as it is art. Trouble is, science is a subject that doesn’t come easily for some. That’s why Linda Bloomfield, who was trained as a scientist before becoming a potter, wrote Science for Potters.
You’ll learn about:
- the basics of chemistry in clear and simple terms
- how the chemistry and structure of clay bodies affects their working properties
- what makes a stable glaze
- how materials interact in a glaze
- glaze faults and how to correct them
- substitutions for glaze materials that are no longer available
- the glaze unity molecular formula and why it’s so important