Inamori School of Engineering

Short Courses - Ceramic Glaze and Body Formulation

Who Attends
Ceramic plant personnel, ceramic engineers, ceramic artists, and potters involved with whiteware glaze formulations, glaze development, traditional ceramic body development, firing issues, and pyroplastic deformation. Also, anyone who is interested in basic understanding of traditional ceramics, their engineering design, and their behavior during firing.

Course Description
The formulation of bodies and glazes is a problem that crosses the boundaries between the artist and the industrial arenas. This course is designed to help both groups deal with problems, using examples from both communities. The two and one-half day course will address the scientific and engineering concepts underlying the development of glazes and whiteware bodies from an applications perspective. Calculation protocols, using Excel spreadsheets will be presented (and provided via diskette). (All short course notes will be provided in a PowerPoint format.).

Course Outline

  • A brief review of chemistry and glass formation.
  • Introduction and discussion of unity molecular formula calculations for glaze batches and from glaze recipes; applications of the unity molecular formulas; raw material selection and substitution; the role of specific oxides; and the use of glass frits in glazes.
  • The development of robust (i.e., temperature and kiln cycle independent) gloss and matte glazes using the UMF approach.
  • Conditions necessary for the development of crystalline glazes and factors that contribute to metal marking.
  • Raw materials and selection of raw materials for body development.
  • Microstructure development in fired bodies (predicting mullite, quartz, and alumina levels).
  • Understanding the cause, control, and reduction of pyroplastic deformation.
  • Firing, including the development of heat treatment cycles and microstructure evolution.
  • The use of phase diagrams to predict pyroplastic deformation and the application of phase diagrams to avoid slumping problems.

Detailed handouts will be provided for each topic, including example problems and solutions. Questions and problems posed by the participants are welcome and will be addressed as discussion topics

Dr. William M. Carty, Associate Professor in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University.

Course Fee
$1,095.00 [Note: Whiteware Research Center Members qualify for a 15% discount on the registration fee and may use Analytical Services money to cover the course registration fees.].