There are so many great punk genres (cyberpunk, steampunk, solarpunk, etc.), why not #glazepunk?! Ceramics is undergoing a revolution, and many aspects of current trends could be defined as “punk”: rejection and/or reinterpretation of authority and tradition; “hacking” ceramics with new tech like 3d printers and machine learning software; reverse engineering materials & glazes; breaking down… Continue reading #glazepunk

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Special Auction

Bidding open!  I’m honored to be hosting an auction of Soojin Choi’s (@soojinchoiii) sculptures.  100% of the proceeds minus shipping costs will be donated to the Support the AAPI Community Fund. Just send me (@glazyorg) an Instagram direct message with the lot number and your bid.  (Please do not bid in the comments.)  I will respond with a message… Continue reading Special Auction

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Two Years of Tests

Time to leave the residency, and there’s no room in the Uhaul. Sad to say goodbye.  But these tests live on in Glazy, backed up and safe.  Much like my book and music collections, my glaze collection is now virtual. Ceramics is in some ways inherently wasteful.  But Art is one of the things that makes us human,… Continue reading Two Years of Tests

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The Color of Celadon

With all its variations, what does the term “Celadon” even mean? There are various theories as to why Westerners started using the term “Celadon”.  Regardless, “Celadon” refers to a category of Chinese ceramics known as 青瓷 (qing ci).  瓷 is porcelain while the 青 (qing) in 青瓷 signifies a color (or range of colors). But exactly which… Continue reading The Color of Celadon

The Colors of Celadon

Just a few examples of celadons, there are more like Plum Celadon (梅子青) not to mention Jun and Guan.  Color and surface can vary within each type, and even between time periods.  A contemporary Duck Egg Celadon that adds a small amount of cobalt in addition to iron for extra color is quite different from the Yuan… Continue reading The Colors of Celadon

Fake Traditional Chinese Materials Blends

Using chemical analyses and US materials, I recreated traditional Chinese materials like porcelain stone, glaze stone, and glaze ash.  Limiting myself to these “fake” materials, I blended them to create porcelain bodies and glazes. Here are two line blends of fake Sanbao Porcelain Stone and fake Yaoli Glaze Stone blended with fake Glaze Ash.  While both of… Continue reading Fake Traditional Chinese Materials Blends

“Simulant” Exhibition

I’m honored to be showing work in the Long-Term Resident Artist Exhibition at @redlodgeclaycenter  I’ve struggled in the studio this past year.  I’ve followed dead-ends and opened kiln-loads of failures in a misguided attempt to make more marketable work.  Burnt out, a few weeks ago I finally stopped and asked myself, “Why am I doing this?”  Why has my… Continue reading “Simulant” Exhibition

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The Grinding Room to the Rescue

Glazy has always had too few low-fire glaze recipes, but the amazing Alfred Grinding Room is fixing that!  During her tenure at Alfred, Andrea Gill (@gillpottery) collected hundreds of recipes. These glazes were painstakingly tested and published by the Grinding Room team of @earlyamericanrobotpottery, @brookecashion, and @erinlynnsmith. Visit their website at http://www.alfredgrindingroom.com/ and follow their Instagram account, @the_grinding_room, for regular… Continue reading The Grinding Room to the Rescue

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Iron Tianmu Glaze

This glaze was inspired by analyses of Song Dynasty dark iron glazes in Nigel Wood’s “Chinese Glazes”. I find this glaze superior to typical Tenmoku glazes like Leach Tenmoku due in part to the inclusion of magnesium. The minor additions of titania and manganese add to the depth. Rather than a slightly translucent dark brown… Continue reading Iron Tianmu Glaze

Machine Learning for Artists course wrap-up

This is a small selection of the images, videos, and even 3d models created by students during the course.  We had an AMAZING group of people.  Even more important than the creation of digital artifacts were the lively discussions about our fears and hopes for machine learning and artificial intelligence, issues in ML/AI such as job displacement… Continue reading Machine Learning for Artists course wrap-up

Visualizing Glaze Types

These heatmaps show concentrations of public glaze recipes in Glazy for various glaze types.  Some types, like Shino, stand out, but maps for types like Celadon and even Tenmoku resemble that of Clear glazes.  Indeed, many Celadon and Tenmoku recipes are simply clear glaze bases plus Iron.  The map for the Matte type is predictably shifted towards the… Continue reading Visualizing Glaze Types

US Pigment Stains in Porcelain Clay Body

US Pigment Stains in Porcelain Clay Body https://glazy.org/posts/163796 Each of these tests was mixed with 100g porcelain clay body in amounts of +2%, +4%, +8%. The +8% was also mixed with black stain (Mason 6600, mixed about 25% black and 75% color).

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What is a vase?

50 million doodles have been released as a dataset, including 126,475 drawings of a “vase”.  In this image I’ve stacked hundreds of “vase” doodles, revealing a common form. But what emerges is not the universal, Platonic ideal of a “vase”.  Google’s analysis of doodle composites has shown that even for basic things like “chair” there are significant… Continue reading What is a vase?

This Glaze Did Not Exist

The virtual is slowly seeping into the real.  @pointyview and @gingerlukas have been posting some wonderful tests of glaze recipes generated by OpenAI’s machine learning software GPT-2.  This is only the beginning!

Stylegan Dehua

A selection of machine-learning generated Dehua porcelain heads. StyleGAN2-ada-pytorch on Google Colab with single NVIDIA V100 GPU.  Converted legacy network FFHQ 512×512 StyleGAN2 config f, then using 500 images of faces from dehua sculptures ran transfer learning for 200kimg (default augmentation, x-mirror).

Recreating Ancient Glazes

Recreating Ancient Glazes using Glazy’s “Target & Solve” feature with analyses from Nigel Wood’s “Chinese Glazes”. In an earlier post I showed how you can quickly make a recipe from an analysis of an ancient glaze.  Here are four examples of recipes I tested using this technique. 1.  #121102 Koryo celadon glaze 3.  This came out BEAUTIFUL on stoneware… Continue reading Recreating Ancient Glazes

Basalt Glazes

I’ve just published 20 basic oxidation cone 6 basalt glazes which you can use as a guide for more interesting variations.  (Link to recipes in bio.) For some inspiration, see Matt Fiske’s (@bluepotter) beautiful work with basalt on his website, https://ceramicaction.org

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30,401 Images and Counting

Just some of the photos uploaded this week! During the first couple years of Glazy’s existence, it would be exciting to see just one or two photos uploaded a week.  Since then, the Glazy community has grown into an amazingly generous group of people from around the world, sharing over 30,000 photos! All these photos with… Continue reading 30,401 Images and Counting

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Visualizing Blend Types

Tests using traditional line, triaxial, and biaxial blends can teach us a lot about ceramic chemistry.  But sometimes they feel limiting.  What other possibilities are there?  Arranging a series of line blends into a “complete graph” might be illuminating.  And instead of a flat biaxial, what about a three-dimensional pyramid/tetrahedron?  What if blends went 3d? I’d love to hear the #glazenerd army’s… Continue reading Visualizing Blend Types

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