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Color Me Cone 6

All Levels
September 23 & October 7, 2023 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm View in Your Timezone

This workshop is an introduction to color: color in glazes is a complex subject with infinite permutations. Colorants actually change a glaze’s chemistry to a greater or lesser extent; this can change the surface texture and viscosity of a glaze and we’ll look at why that happens. I’ll break down colorant behaviors and explain the anomalies we encounter. We’ll look at all common (and a few uncommon) colorants and discuss the importance of their properties as they affect a variety of base glazes. I’ll also do an abbreviated demonstration for a coaxial color run—a great testing strategy for beginners—that blends two colorants in equal parts. This knowledge will give you the agency to control your own glazes and ultimately create a custom palette. Participants will receive handouts for several glaze testing strategies and base glaze recipes for cone 6.


Return in 2 weeks’ time to review and discuss your own test results. During this session, I will dive a little deeper and talk about the importance of application thickness and firing temperature for consistent results.

Meet the Instructor

Birdie Boone

Birdie Boone is a studio potter and ceramic educator from southwestern Virginia. Birdie’s teaching experience includes instruction at all levels of ceramics, from college classrooms to community studios, at workshop venues and in virtual spaces. She holds an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, 2005, and a BA in Fine Art from…


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