Glazes Cone 6

9780812217827: Paperback
Release Date: 3rd July 2001

78 color, 6 b/w illus.

Dimensions: 155 x 235

Number of Pages: 128

Series Ceramics Handbooks

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Glazes Cone 6

1240 C / 2264 F

The exceptionally wide variety of glazes and glazing techniques possible at this popular temperature are fully explored in this excellent resource.

Paperback / £26.99

Traditionally potters fired their work either at low temperatures, as for earthenware, or at the high temperature that stoneware requires. However, a growing number of potters, particularly those who use electric kilns, are firing to a middle-range temperature, of which cone 6 is typical. Using middle range temperatures saves fuel and expense, reduces wear on electric elements, and yet allows the potter to achieve features shared by earthenware and stoneware. Because of the popularity of this technique, pottery suppliers have recently begun developing clay bodies and glazes suitable for the temperature range.

In Glazes Cone 6 Mike Bailey surveys the growing trend in middle-temperature firing and guides the reader by practical knowledge. He discusses a range of different glazes, including special effects, glaze stains, and underglaze colors, giving both recipes and tips for ensuring success.


1. Introduction
2. The clay body and other variables—their effect on glazes
3. About glazes—question of balance
4. Transparent glazes
5. Colouring the transparent glazes
6. The alumina matts
7. High alkaline earth matt glazes
8. Macrocrystalline zinc glazes
9. High alkaline glazes
10. High silica glazes
11. Plotting and prediction
12. Glaze fit
13. Boric oxide in cone 6 glazes
14. Jun glazes
15. Orange red iron glazes
16. Lustre glazes
17. Raw glazes
18. The Gallery—cone 6 in action
19. Cone 6 on the Internet

Analyses of materials
Making glazes—health and safety considerations
List of suppliers

Mike Bailey is a partner in Bath Potters' Supplies. Both a scientist and a studio potter, he is a frequent contributor to pottery journals such as Ceramic Review.

"An extremely helpful book."—Fusion Magazine

"Glazes Cone 6 adds valuable information to the repository of general knowledge on glazes for this temperature range, while at the same time offering us a gamut of glazes to try out and experiment with."—Ceramics Today