By Ian Currie
Copyright © 2000 by Ian Currie
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First Edition, June 2000
Soft Cover: ISBN 0 9589275 3 7
Printed in Australia
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The introduction explores the origins of the grid method and presents some really basic glaze theory including a one-minute chemistry course - all that is necessary to understand the method presented in the book.
1. Gradients and Variables
The use of gradients and variables in glaze research and problem solving is outlined. The author shows how to design an experiment so as to reveal hidden cause-and-effect principles. Some basic information on line blending etc. is given.
2. Outline of the Grid Method
This outline refers particularly to the recipe-based standard grid method, the main subject of this book. Much of it applies also to the Seger-based grid method as outlined in Ian Currie's first book: "Stoneware Glazes - A Systematic Approach". Click here to read this chapter in full.
3. Choosing a Starting Point
This method shows how to design your own experiment to explore new and exciting areas. This chapter provides a number of methods for designing a set of glazes. Click here to see a sample.
4. Working out the 35 Glaze Recipes
The individual recipes for the 35-glaze grid are easily obtained from the book or from the Calculations Page at this web site. Click here to see a sample.
5. Guided Tour - Colour Plates
For anyone wishing to understand how glazes work, this is the core of the book. Dozens of high quality colour photographs show the different glaze types and show how they are related. Many important glaze principles are illustrated here. Also shown are a number of ways the grid method directs one towards the desired result and better understanding.
6. Preparing, Firing and Assessing a Grid Set
This is the detailed experimental procedure to use in preparing, firing and assessing a grid set of glazes.
7. Volumetric Addition to a Set
This chapter details how the volumetric measuring technique can be extended to gain more in-depth understanding of glazes with minimal work.
8. Using the Grid Method with Natural Materials
The recipe-based grid method outlined in this book actually arose from a consideration of how to use the grid method with materials whose composition or chemical formula is unknown. Here we see how to introduce unanalysed materials like wood ashes and powdered rock materials into a grid set. Click here to see a sample.
Appendix 1: Equipment and Materials
Appendix 2: Safety and Health
Appendix 3: UsefulMaths and Chemistry
Appendix 4: The Recipe Table and Flux Breakup Tables