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Chic, the Pottery Poet, uses 12 glaze chemistry poems that rhyme throughout the presentation, making it easier to remember it all!

Email to get a free copy of the new "Poem of the Month".

In the introductory DVD, “What Makes A Glaze?”
you will discover:

the 3 components of a glaze.
how their ratios affect 5 important factors.
the 10 fluxing oxides and where to find them.
which ingredient can substitute for another.
how to analyze a glaze recipe to gain information.
where to begin to create the glaze that you desire.
how glaze calculation software helps you understand the difference between the recipe %, the weight % and the unity formula.


The Glaze Basics learning aids:
• Poems To receive the Poem of the Month, sent request to:
• DVD "What Makes A Glaze?" (1 Hour) $30
• Poster Glaze Ingredients and Their Oxides
Laminated, Student size 11 x 17
Laminated, Classroom size 17 x 22

• Book Glaze Basics Workbook for Beginners
(still in development)


Finally, a glaze education program designed specifically for beginners! In addition, those who have already been mixing glazes will gain a greater understanding of glaze terminology and basic concepts.

Chic Lotz
, a potter for 30 years and former school teacher, has organized all of the glaze ingredients into a color coded chart. As she builds the chart step-by-step, she explains how varying the ratios of 3 major components can affect the firing temperature, glaze fit, glaze surface, color and stability.

The completed chart shows you the overall "big picture" of ingredient relationships and how they can be used together to create glazes with the characteristics that you desire. She explains the basics about glazes...... without using math!

The entire program uses a variety of teaching techniques to make it fun and easier to discover "What Makes A Glaze".



When silica melts
it makes a glass.
"So what makes a glaze?"
you might ask.

Silica melts near
3000 degrees,
firing a kiln that hot
won't be a breeze.

So add a little flux
and you will see
that silica melts sooner
and happy you'll be!

But molten silica
when it is hot
runs down the sides
and off of your pot!

So if you want
that silica to stick,
alumina is the one
that you should pick.

Alumina bonds
silica to clay -
"Very important!"
most potters will say.

Silica plus alumina,
add in some flux,
getting the right ratio
is really the crux.

Silica makes glass,
alumina helps bond,
flux is a melter,
of these we are fond.

These three things
will make a good glaze,
get the right ratio
and you'll be amazed!

Chic Lotz