Matt Katz – Glaze Calculation

Glaze Calculation

June 12th – 16th, 2017

Glaze Calculation is a daunting subject for the ceramicist: most potters and sculptors are not trained in chemistry and ceramic science. Yet every time we mix a glaze or turn on a kiln, we are committing acts of chemistry. Whether we like it or not, clay and glazes are complex chemical systems, and this notion often scares ceramicists. However, it doesn’t have to be that way: Glaze Calculation aims to familiarize ceramicists with the chemistry of glazes, and how those systems work.

Glaze Calculation will work to help every ceramicist understand these systems better. For everyone from the beginner to the professional, this course will help you to better utilize your glazes. Selected course topics include: What is a glaze and how does it work, Getting to know our materials, Temperatures, Glaze flaws and how to fix them, and the ever-popular Rumor Milling: Dispersing Ceramic Myths.





Matthew Katz is a ceramic artist, engineer, and all around ceramic materials nerd. Katz received his B.F.A. from Alfred University and his M.F.A. from The University of Colorado-Boulder, in ceramic art. Katz worked as a research scientist in the ceramic engineering department of Alfred University for 15 years, studying how ceramic science applies to artists. For the last 15 years Katz has taught glaze and clay science at Alfred University. When not out researching and teaching about glazes and clays or fixing the worlds glaze flaws, Katz enjoys flying commercial aircraft, calculating Pi out to the millionth place, being a free diving world champion, and dreaming about all the thing he would be doing instead of having another conversation with his four year old son about which is is favorite Dinosaur… It is the Ankylosaur, if you were wondering.