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aWell, there was a request for a technical ceramics biblio and
nd here is one. This is not complete, concise or even meant
to be the best, but the following books are all very useful
if you're interested in technical ceramics matters. Many
may be hard to find, however, as the older ones are out of
print. Try a book search at your local used book store if
your library doesn't have these.

Richard Burkett, San Diego State University

Ceramics Technical Bibliography:

Author Title, followed by info

Currie, Ian
Stoneware Glazes, A Systematic Approach
1986, Bootstrap Press, c/o North Branch
Pottery, Maryvale, Queensland, Australia
A great book if you are interested in
stoneware glazes and the affect of different fluxes on glaze
surface, color, and opacity. Goes over the basics of glaze
chemistry in a reasonably intelligible way. Very good section
on systematic glaze testing. Originally created as a study-
at-home course in glazes.

DeRenzo, D. J.
Ceramic Raw Materials
Noyes Data Corporation, Park Ridge, NJ, USA
ISBN 0-8155-1143-4
Get this book if you want to add other
materials to your database or need specific analyses
for brand-name materials. Almost 900 pages of materials
analyses and information. Contains many hard-to-find analyses
of colorants, stains, refractory materials, binders, high
tech stuff, glasses, etc. This is all name-brand information,
so you can get that exact analysis if you need it.

Fraser, Harry
Ceramic Faults and Their Remedies
A & C Black, London, 1886 ISBN
Turn to this book when all else fails and
those glazes are just not working. This is a well written and
exhaustive text on every kind of ceramic problem and defect,
both in glaze and in clay. Covers slipcasting, bisque-firing,
glazing, firing, and decorating problems. Not overly
technical. Illustrated. Do you have "droppers" or a "bitty"
glaze? Would you know if you did?

Green, David
A Handbook of Pottery Glazes
Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1979
ISBN 0-8230-2181-5
This is a great source for analyses of many
hard to find materials, such as sienna or umber. Has many
analyses for rocks and minerals, and British frits and
materials as well. Much of the text is given to theoretical
and practical aspects of glaze formulation. Much discussion
of the composition and history of pyrometric cones. Includes
some recipes - most are typical formulations in molecular
format. Some recipes in British materials. Overall a very
helpful book.

Hamer, Frank & Janet
The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and
Watson-Guptill Publications, New York,1973

Good sections on glaze theory. This book is
a great resource for quick info on anything ceramic.
Definitions are often very concise articles on the subject.
For example, deflocculation is defined and explained in
incredibly thorough detail. You can find a few recipes in
here listed by specific glaze type.

Hopper, Robin
The Ceramic Spectrum: A Simplified Approach
to Glaze and Color Development
Chilton Book Co., Radnor, PA, 1984
The Ceramic Spectrum covers glaze
formulation in a way that encourages the artist to develop
his or her own style. Both color and surface are approached
in an experimental way. Although glaze formulas are
included, this is not a glaze recipe book. Very useful
information regarding color in glazes.

Hunt, William
Frit Formulas, Ceramics Monthly, May 1978
Professional Publications, Columbus, OH,
This article in Ceramics Monthly includes a
nice compilation of frit analyses. There is also some
information on substitutions between common frits.

Lawrence, W. G.
Ceramic Science for the Potter
Chilton, 1972
A good text for those having a bit of
scientific background who want to learn more about the
technical side of clay and glazes. If you're having clay or
glaze problems, the answer may be here.

McCann, Michael
Artist Beware
Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1979
Hazardous materials information for
artists. Covers almost all art media. Like many art hazards
publications, some of the information presented is too
general and some data is just not there, but basically it's a
sound text with just about everything you need to know. The
information is organized by media, and includes relative
toxicity ratings and more specific hazards, along with
precautions to be taken when using these materials. Look for
the most recent edition as information in this area is
constantly changing with new discoveries and regulations. If
you work in clay, you should own this book.

Parmelee, Cullen W.
Ceramic Glazes, 3rd Edition
CBI Publishing Co., Boston, 1973
A classic of glaze chemistry. This is a
revised and enlarged edition, thanks to Cameron G. Harman,
Ph.D., Consulting Ceramic Technologist. Quite a handle. This
book is found in the bibliographies of most ceramics texts.

Sanders, Herbert H.
Glazes for Special Effects
Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1974
This book, written by the master of
crystalline glazes, has over 130 compositions for
crystalline, copper reduction, ash, luster and raku glazes.
Includes suggested clay bodies. Lots of recipes and firing

Shaw, Kenneth
Ceramic Colors and Pottery Decoration
Frederick A. Praeger, Publishers New York
Originally published in 1962 in Great
Britain by McLaren & Sons Ltd. This revised edition updates
some color information. This book contains a lot of
information on color formation and theory in ceramics. Ever
wonder what 'Flow Blue' is? Helpfully arranged by color (or
colour, that is), common faults in color formation are also

Singer, Felix
Ceramic Glazes
Borax Consolidated Limited 1960
Borax House, Carlisle Place, London SW1,
A rare, but informative book. Lots of
technical information on glazes, especially leadless glazes
that contain Boron (hardly a surprise considering the
publisher). Most glazes are given in unity or percentage
format. Written in a style that is fairly easily read.
Translated from German. At one time you could get this for
FREE from the publisher.

Taylor, J. R. and Bull, A. C.
Ceramics Glaze Technology
Pergamon Press 1986 Maxwell House, Fairview
Park, Elmsford, New York 10523
An industrial text, but has some useful
information for artists. Includes information on glaze
theory, formulation, color, surface, application, defects and
fit. Good descriptions of various glaze ingredients and their
affect of glazes. Good footnotes and bibliographic references
allow you to track down the original articles.

Wood, Nigel
Oriental Glazes: Their Chemistry and
Pitman, London/Watson-Guptill, New York,
For those interested in oriental ceramics
this is a wonderful source for recipes and materials
analyses. Extensive lists of materials from China, Japan,
and Great Britain. Primarily a technical treatise, Oriental
Glazes is written for potters in a relatively clear way.
Includes some history. Most glaze and material formulas in
this book are written in percentage format, as opposed to
unity format.
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