Pewabic Pottery: The Continued Legacy of Mary Chase Perry Stratton
Ruble, Barbara L.
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Originally lured to Pewabic Pottery through a flyer for free classes in conjunction with studio work, I began my pottery experience as an intern for the education department. My duties with education included glaze formulation a net testing, as well as a workshop on kiln-building with David Alban, a professor at the University of Michigan. Initially, I set out to quickly learn the process of glaze testing a net experimentation. Given several recipes and a brief overview of the mixing process by the education director, Anat Shiftan, I began by copying a demo she used. From powder, elements carefully measured in small batches(100g) are added to water. Once stirred and sived, the glaze coats bisqued test tiles. The finished tiles, after withstanding fires of up to 2300 degrees F, show the glaze in reduction, oxidation, and salt firings. This enables the studio to learn about the reaction of the glaze in different atmospheres.