I got the honor of attending a Jon Britt glaze workshop this weekend this weekend at Cornell Studio Supply. It was comedy club for pottery nerds. 3 days of technical information with 20+ people who share you sickness - to learn anything there is to learn about the thing you love the most. I definitely came out of the experience with a greater understanding of glaze making. Now I might have an inkling of knowing what inevitably will go wrong with the hardest,most frustrating and exciting part of ceramics.
Even as a relative newby to this art, I felt I was in the middle of the pack in terms of knowledge and experience in glazing. That would be because I always worked in my own studio and was force to sink or swim as far as making my own glazes. There was really no one there to save me. My math and chemistry background (although that was certainly a long time ago and a galaxy far, FAR away) was also helpful. I can certainly solve an algebra problem and was helping a couple of the ladies along.
One of the best things of this class was getting to meet all other potters. There were some locals and some from Vermont and Michigan. Everyone was eager to learn from John and each other. Sister Nadine certainly was a character and John didn't tone anything down when she asked about if she should trade in her old school kiln. "Get rid of that DAMN thing!!" Geno works at John Bryan Studio and invited us all to participating in a wood firing there. I hope the opportunities from this weekend continue to grow exponentially. I'm very excited!!