Ash Glazes by Phil Rogers
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Ash Glazes
By Phil Rogers

Ash Glazes

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Ash Glazes by Phil Rogers

Book Description

Ash glaze, as the name suggests, is a glaze derived from ashes. The earliest such glazes can be traced back to the Shang period in China (c. 1500 B.C.), and it is thought they were produced accidentally, the result of white-hot wood ash being carried through the kiln with the draft of the fire and settling onto the pots, where the searing white heat melted it to a glass. Three thousand years later, wood ash remains an important and immensely popular feature of pottery glaze making. For the modern potter, the satisfaction of working with ash glazes comes from following an ancient tradition as well as from using materials that occur naturally. The results of different wood ashes often vary dramatically, making it possible to achieve a wide range of unique finishes. Even wood from the same species of tree garnered just miles apart can produce subtly different results. In this second edition of Ash Glazes, Phil Rogers covers the history of ash glazes and proceeds to discuss the practicalities of collecting and testing wood ashes and transforming them into glazes. In the final portion of the book, he looks at the work of some leading international potters whose work is typified by the array of finishes that they achieve through their use of wood ash glazes. Images of their work offer an impressive display of the colors and techniques possible through this glazing technique. Ash Glazes has been designed as an introduction and practical handbook to the subject. It will provide inspiration for working potters and delight for all those interested in contemporary ceramics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780812237214
ISBN-10: 0812237218
Format: Hardback
(280mm x 216mm x 19mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Phil Rogers

Throwing Pots by Phil Rogers Throwing Pots, Paperback (September 2007)

In this book, Phil Rogers takes the reader through the basic principles and with the help of step-by-step illustrations, he demonstrates how to make a wide range of pots, from the simple bowl to the more complex forms of teapots and jugs, including lids and spouts.

Ash Glazes by Phil Rogers Ash Glazes, Hardback (April 2003)

This guide first sketches the history of ash glazes. It then discusses the practicalities of collecting and testing wood ashes, how to make them into glazes and then use them to glaze your pots. It also looks at a group of international artists who use ash glazes on their work.

Salt Glazing by Phil Rogers Salt Glazing, Hardback (August 2002)

Salt-glazed ceramics are very popular both among makers and collectors, due to their distinctive 'orange peel' surface. This guide covers the history and technical side of salt glazing as well as providing a showcase of the leading salt glaze artists from around the world.

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Author Biography - Phil Rogers

Phil Rogers is a well-known British potter, a fellow of the Craft Potters Association, and a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. He is a frequent contributor to various ceramics and craft magazines, and the author of Throwing Pots and Salt Glazes, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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