GLAZING #1 - UNDERSTANDING & MAKING YOUR OWN GLAZES
These workshops are now fully booked for 2020. More will run in 2021.
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This weekend workshop is one of the most popular at Quixotica and helps to demystify the glaze making process. You will learn how to create your own unique glazes, to make individual and successful ceramic pieces. It will cover the history and tradition of these important processes, and their contemporary application to your work. If you have been working with commercial glazes and are ready to create your own unique glazes & surfaces, this is the workshop for you
Rowley will describe how to produce your own glazes from basic minerals, sharing specific glaze recipes to complement your clay pieces. Learn about key components of glaze ingredients, how they interact with each other and how to modify existing glaze formulas or create your own glaze recipes so that you can create unique surfaces for your ceramic work.
A multitude of glaze application processes will be discussed and demonstrated, as well as glaze weighing, mixing and application.
You will come away with the potential to create intriguing ceramic surfaces and will take home some of glaze materials for further exploration in your own studio. Ethical glaze use, food safe glazing and occupational health and safety issues are also covered.
Cost - $295 per person, glaze ingredients included. Tea and coffee is provided. BYO lunch each day.
Feedback from Rowley's recent glazing workshops at Quixotica Art Space -
I had an absolutely amazing time learning about glazing at Quixotica from Rowley over the weekend. Glazing is something that I was afraid of because I really sucked at chemistry in school and can’t follow a recipe to save my life these days! I found it so informative, practical and confidence boosting, and I’m hoping to start learning more and putting into practice the things I learned as I go along in my ceramics journey. Thank you so much for the workshop! I learned so much and feel a lot more confident with glazing 😁
Jelena, Brisbane, Qld - Glazing & Surface Making – July 2019
Such a wonderful and inspiring weekend! Thanks so much for a fabulous couple of days! 🌟
Taryn, Toowoomba, Qld - Glazing & Surface Making – July 2019
What an inspiring weekend - most informative - will spread the word of your excellent workshops and hope to attend another.
Megan, Gold Coast, Qld - Glazing & Surface Making – April 2019
It was such a wonderful workshop and a lovely group of creative women to learn more about this amazing field! I absolutely enjoyed the workshop and the process of sharing knowledge. It was put simply and not overwhelming. Backed up with the workshop book, it was perfect to look back over and reinforce the information shared. Not to mention the tranquil environment of the art space/studio allowed us to really focus in on the learning. Rowley’s enthusiasm to share experience and knowledge, with careful guidance to achieve a personal outcome was much appreciated. It was the most educational, informative workshop by far! Theory backed up with hands on experience in glaze making, application and sharing in the importance of the firing schedule - often what is overlooked and not clearly understood. It has been an absolute highlight to experience the first of many inspirational workshops at Quixotica. So very fortunate to have a gem on the Sunshine Coast! Thank you for your time and patience.
Heidi, Sunshine Coast, Qld - Glazing & Surface Making – March 2019
I loved the workshop and it gave me exactly what I was needing. My confidence in my ceramic knowledge and my own artistic ability has increased enormously. So as a beginner when it came to ceramics I’m now feeling so knowledgeable and inspired.
Barbara, Brisbane, Qld - Glazing & Surface Making – March 2019
The content was exactly what I was after - comprehensive, presented in a an easy to understand way but not dumbed down either. Rowley is an engaging and respectful teacher. I came away feeling educated & inspired - I spent Sunday night trawling through my ceramics collection & seeing the surface treatments in a whole new light.
Gai, Sunshine Coast, Qld - Glazing & Surface Making – March 2019
I loved the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere of Quixotica and holding the workshop there was perfect. Rowley is such an engaging, brilliant teacher and so generous in sharing his knowledge with us. The enthusiasm of his teaching is so infectious and that’s what inspired me the most. Being allowed to create our own personalised glaze, allowed us to express our own individuality and encouraged us to find and create our own inspiration. I am a complete beginner when it comes to mixing my own glazes and learnt so much over the 2 days. I gained enough knowledge to read glaze recipes and tweak them according to what results I’d like to achieve. The course was the right amount of theory and practical, and appropriately informative for the group seeing as we were mostly beginners.
Susannah, Brisbane, Qld – Glazing & Surface Making – October 2018
The depth of knowledge that Rowley has was very impressive and how open he was with sharing his own glaze recipes was wonderful. It allowed me to see the different results you can get with different glazes and techniques and that even though I am an amateur, beautiful finishes can be achieved.
Brad, Sunshine Coast, Qld – Glazing & Surface Making – October 2018
The content was great and the day well paced. Rowley is a very entertaining, generous and energetic presenter. The whole presentation was very helpful - it explained the whole glazing process in a very clear and simple way. I don’t think I would be able to have grasped this information through a text book.
Annabel, Sydney, NSW – Glazing & Surface Making – October 2018
The workshop gave me everything I needed regards glaze making, or at least a solid platform to build on. Rowley is an excellent communicator of course, after so much experience, and a great personality to spend time with. There was never a moment when I felt anything but energized. It was wonderful to have the whole process demystified. I enjoyed everything about the work shop, but especially the lively open communication between Rowley and the group, which led to the greater understanding that I have.
Geoff, Moreton Bay, Qld – Glazing & Surface Making – October 2018
Such a fantastic weekend learning about glazing from Rowley Drysdale at his incredible studio @quixoticaartspace. The workshop went beyond the usual glaze application techniques and really delved into the science of glazes and how to read and understand a glaze recipe. It was a good mix of theory and hands on. This course has inspired me to move outside of my comfort zone and explore new techniques, and also to finally start to test and develop my own glazes. Going back to basics and learning how a glaze is formed and all of the various ingredients was valuable. It was also very helpful that Rowley was happy to spend time with each of us to help us develop a glaze that suited our own unique styles.
Louise, Brisbane, Qld – Glazing & Surface Making – October 2018
FOR ALL WORKSHOP BOOKINGS, PLEASE NOTE -
Refunds: If you need to cancel your booking, we require a minimum of two weeks (14 days) notice in writing before the booked workshop date if you wish to receive a full refund. This allows us some time to sell your space to someone else. If you miss this window, we recommend you gift (or sell) your place to someone who will use it and love it. Class places are fully transferable. Email us regarding any changes to your booking -
Cancellations: We rarely cancel classes or workshops, but occasionally things come up beyond our control. If a workshop is cancelled, we will be in touch by phone or email, and discuss your options which include refund, credit or transfer to another date.