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Friday, March 02, 2012

Low Fire Friday - Todd's Texture


Todd's Texture - Cone 04

Gerstley Borate 30
Zircopax           40
Whiting             20
EPK                 10

 [Base, mint green, light turquoise, turquoise]

For color add...
mint green:   + chrome oxide 0.5%

light turquoise:  + copper carbonate  1%

turquoise: + copper carbonate 5%

[Detail, light turquoise]

PS - Anyone happen to know who Todd is? I got this recipe off of a list from somewhere years ago, and have no idea who he is. But he makes a great glaze!

Below are comments that we copied from my old blog

Anonymous said...

Don't know who Todd is, but really like this glaze too. Been trying some other low fire texture glazes. Will send you the new "favorite" Flamedrops after I get into the studio. Thanks for all your posts.

March 2, 2012 9:29 AM

Anonymous Louis Zeedyk said...

Great art. I'm doing some sculpting also. Beautiful finished piece.

March 9, 2012 5:18 AM

Meagan Chaney Gumpert said...

Looking forward to seeing the other lowfire texture glazes you use!

If anyone else has any favorite glazes they'd like to share, please pass them along! I'm happy to post what comes this way.

March 10, 2012 8:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could it be Todd Leech? He works in textured glazes.

March 11, 2012 11:08 AM

Meagan Chaney said...

Yes! I just might be Todd Leech! Thanks for helping solve the mystery.

March 11, 2012 2:13 PM

Anonymous Todd Leech said...

This is Todd Leech but this is not my glaze. Thanks for thinking of me though when you think of texture. I usually fire to cone 10. Although last year I was testing some 04 textured glazes...

September 16, 2012 11:28 PM

Meagan Chaney Gumpert said...

Hi Todd,

Well, thanks for checking in. I guess the mystery continues. Wonder who came up with this glaze...

September 17, 2012 9:53 AM

Blogger Todd Leech said...

What About Todd Shanafelt?

September 24, 2012 12:54 AM

Meagan Chaney Gumpert said...

It could be! I wasn't familiar with his work. Thanks for letting me know about him.

September 26, 2012 8:17 PM

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Friday, February 03, 2012

Low Fire Friday - Cassie's Bling (Guest artist Cassie Ryalls)

Two of Cassie's Souls - featuring Cassie's Bling Glaze
This month's Low Fire Friday featured artist is Cassie Ryalls.

Not only is Cassie an amazing ceramic artist with knockout surfaces on her work, but she is a dear friend.

Cassie is currently a studio artist at CURVE studios & garden in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. She has studied glaze chemistry at Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC and has been a resident at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC. Cassie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Psychology from Berea College in Kentucky and later attended the University of Florida forpost-baccalaureate studies in Ceramics 
Cassie’s sculptures are inspired by people-watching, conversations, relationships and ideas from her psychology studies.

This month, Cassie is sharing one of her favorite glazes with us. She calls it "Cassie's Bling." It's a crawly crusty glaze with a sparkly glittery look. (What fun! I cant wait to try this one myself. Thanks Cassie!)

Cassie's Bling  -  Cone 04
Borax                         10
Magnesium Carbonate 35
Lithium Carbonate 25
Cryolite 30

Cassie's Notes -
**This glaze will fume a bit, so you don't want to put other pieces too terribly close to it. Give 'em an inch or two.

Here's Cassie's Bling on a red clay test tile

Here's Cassie's Bling on a white clay test tile

Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Upcoming Clay and Glass Workshop

Upcoming Workshop: March 24, 25 and 31, 2012

Glass and Clay – An Exploration in Combining Materials   

This interactive workshop will introduce the fundamentals of glass fusing and clay hand building. Learn how to create simple, slab-built earthenware forms that incorporate fused and slumped glass. Some experience with glass or clay is helpful, but not necessary.

Maximum class size: 3 students

Class hours:
Saturday, March 24 from 10:00-5:00,
Sunday, March 25 from 10:00-4:00,
and Saturday, March 31 from 10:00-4:00

Lunch provided

Tuition: $250 + $60 for materials and firings.

To register email me at Please write REGISTRATION in the subject line to avoid delivery to my spam folder. 

Thanks! And I hope to see you this Spring!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Upcoming Fused Glass Workshop

Upcoming Workshop: May 5, 2012

Fused Glass 101   

What is fused glass?!?  This exciting, hands-on class is designed to teach beginners the foundations of glass fusing.  Step-by-step instructions from selecting and cutting glass to color layering secrets and kiln firing techniques will be explored.  Gain a thorough understanding of the process while creating fused glass jewelry and an unique sun catcher!

Maximum class size: 5 students

Class hours:
Saturday, May 5 from 10:00-5:00,

Lunch provided

Tuition: $80 + $40 for materials and firings.

Location: Ocala, FL

To register, please email me at Please write REGISTRATION in the subject line to avoid delivery to my spam mail folder.

Thanks! And I hope to see you this Spring!

Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Fused Glass Pendants - How to Shape and Fire Polish

With 500 pendants in progress, I thought I'd talk about one of the finishing techniques.

After the fused glass has been kiln cast in "bricks", sliced on the tile saw, and fused again with a layer of dichroic glass, they are finally ready to be shaped, grooved and polished.

The pendant on the left is "before" shaping/grooving the pendant on the right is "after" shaping/grooving.


Can you see the narrow groove/channel that runs along the edge of the pendant in the side view? That is there to hold the sterling silver wire in place when the piece wire wrapped.

I recently bought a Glastar All-Star G8 grinder and have been very happy with it. The grinding bit on the left that is just sitting on the top is the one I use to shape the pendants. The bit that's on the grinder head is called a jewelry bit, and it's how I put that groove into the edge of the pendants.

All that grinding and shaping leaves the edges rough and cloudy. Pendants are too small to be cold-worked with progressively finer sandpapers, so I fire polish them.

Here's a blurb from the Warm Glass website that explains fire polishing: "Fire polishing is the simple technique of returning glass items to the kiln to melt them just enough to give a smooth, polished appearance. It typically takes place at a temperature that ranges from 1300 F/700 C to 1400 F/760 C."

I've mentioned before that I fuse all my glass in a ceramics kiln. Here they are loaded into Gladys, my Skutt glaze-tech test kiln.  

Here's the four segment firing schedule I use to fire polish:

Segment 1: 500 deg. F/hour to 1000 deg. F and hold for 10 minutes
Segment 2: 500 deg. F/hour to 1275 deg. F and hold for 10 minutes

Segment 3: 9999* to 1025 deg. F and hold for 15 minutes

Segment 4: 9999* to 975 deg. F and hold for 10 minutes

(*9999 is how I program the controller on my kiln to cool as fast as possible. Some kilns will say "full" instead. Just check your owner's manual if you aren't sure.)

Below is a shot that shows what the pendants look like pre-fire polish and post-fire polish. The pendant on the left is still rough and cloudy from shaping. The sides of the pendant on the right are all smooth and glossy again after fire polishing. Hooray!

Now they're ready to be wrapped in wire. Stay tuned for a video detailing how I wire wrap a pendant.
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Friday, January 06, 2012

Low Fire Friday – (My Favorite) Crawl Glaze

In honor of the New Year, I'm starting a new monthly feature - Low Fire Friday!!

The first friday of every month this year, I will be posting a low fire glaze/slip recipe, commercial glaze review, or other low fire related technique/product.  Some of the recipes will be my favorite standbys; some from other potters/ceramicists. I've got an exiting line up of select Guest Artists willing to share their secrets so stay tuned in the months ahead!

Hope you enjoy this new little feature. And without further delay, here's the first recipe...

(My Favorite) Crawl Glaze

This is by far my favorite Crawl Glaze. It is very reliable, but the trick is that is has to be applied THICK! And by thick, I mean super, super, think. Think cake icing application, not typical pot glazing. The thicker the application, the more it will crawl.

Crawl Glaze
- Cone 04

Gerstley Borate            46.5
Magnesuim Carbonate 31.0
EPK                            18.6
Borax                            3.9
+ Zircopax                     5.5

[beige, dark truquoise, light turquiose]

For color add...
Beige/pale yellow: + red iron oxide 1%

Dark turquoise/jade: + copper carbonate 5%

Light turquoise/jade: + copper carbonate 1%

[light turquoise]
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
mary commented on 24-Mar-2014 09:58 AM
thanks for the crawl recipe. i have two questions for you. one, do you blunge your borax? our studio's borax is kind of large particles. and second, have you ever tried this glaze with mason stains? i'm in the market for a bright yellow crawl.
Meagan Chaney Gumpert commented on 24-Mar-2014 01:40 PM
Hi Mary,
Thanks for reading! No. I do not blunge my borax. The particle size of what I have been using is similar to coarse sand, but still dissolves without a problem.

And yes. I have tried it with mason stains and have gotten some interesting, brighter results. It's been awhile, but I believe I was using around 10% with a Brilliant Orange and Lobster stain. (never tested a yellow.) I may have omitted the opacifier (zircopax) when using the mason stains, I honestly cannot remember now. You may want to try it either way.

Best of luck and thanks again!
nancy commented on 17-Apr-2014 03:58 PM
Would love to experiment with this crawl glaze. I glaze fire to cone 6. Any suggested recipes for that temp?? I bisque at 06.
Meagan Chaney Gumpert commented on 21-Apr-2014 03:00 PM
Hi Nancy,
I don't have a ton of experience with cone 6 and, unfortunately, have not tested this crawl glaze at that temp. My biggest suggestion would be to try substituting the Gerstley Borate with a flux that you usually use at cone 6, but I know that it wont be that simple. Gerstley Borate is a complicated, and wonderful ingredient! Just experiment and see what happens.
Best of luck to you!
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

New Sculpture - Tribella familiea

Well, the progress was slow but the pace was steady. I finally finished up this piece and had it photographed just before the holidays. (Thank you Charlie Cummings for the wonderful photos!) 

Tribella familiae
earthenware, cast glass, steel, found objects
20" x 10" x 11"

I'm excited about this piece. It presented a lot of technical challenges that I slowly hammered my way through. (clay shrinkage to account for, found objects to add, glass to cast, and then recast, etc)

As with any new sculpture, I can see places I'd like to develop further in the next piece, but that's what keeps the work exciting. Growth and change. And there's been a lot of that going on around here lately. Our "baby" is almost 15 months old and he keeps his Mama on her toes! Sometimes juggling everything feels like a 3-ring circus, but I'm learning to embrace the chaos and relish studio time.

Cheers to a New Year!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Beautiful Steel Patina - aka rust!

Two questions I am asked frequently about my Tile Plaques are "What is the backing made of?" and "How did I get that beautiful patina?"

Well, the backing is a mild steel that I've salvaged in sheet form from a local scrap yard. I haul it home in the trunk of my car to store until I need it. (Side-note: I haven't figured out how I'll do this with a car seat now in the car? This just adds to the growing list of why I officially want a mini van now. There. I said it. My secret is out.)Anyway, this ladies and gentlemen is my "Steel Storage Area" otherwise known as the pile of sheet metal stacked up on cinder blocks outside my studio. The cinder blocks just help with drainage and keep it a bit dryer. You cant even see them in the photos.Yep, that beautiful patina I'm always asked about is All Natural! I just leave the metal outside to rust.Then when I need them, I haul the sheets inside, cut them with a plasma cutter...
And then coat the front and back each with 2 coats of satin polyurethane. Done!
LinkAny questions? Holler at me. Or if you know of any other fun metal patinas, I'd love to hear about them.

Oh yeah, and I just listed 6 new Tile Plaques on Etsy this morning! Three of which incorporate slumped glass which I don't do too often these days.

Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
Pooja commented on 18-Jun-2013 04:06 AM
Hi Meagan...I just love this idea of installation and your tile work. I'm a newbie in the world of pottery and have not learnt glazing yet. I'm experimenting with acrylic colours. i've seen tiles being pasted on wooden plank, but i liked your idea as well.

Just wanted to know is there any specific pasting solution you use to join (paste) aluminium sheet and tile?
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Glass and Clay workshop at Arrowmont

Just got back from another amazing week at ArrowmontSchool of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Possibly the best workshop I've had yet! Everyone had such a positive attitude and Bill May, the new director, has brought great energy to the campus. They have some exciting things planned for the future of Arrowmont, so keep an eye out.
We worked on 2 main clay and class projects. One that incorporated fused and slumped glass into the "window" of a low-fire, slab-built form. The other project was also slab-built but this one incorporating kiln cast glass. These techniques can be adapted to any clay and cone firing range and we talked about that as well. I uploaded a bunch of photos to my Facebook page, so pop on over and follow me there.
Most of the photos are compliments of Sandy Batts, one of my talented students. Thanks for taking photos all week Sandy!
And it looks like I'll be heading back next summer to teach a similar workshop. Whoohoo! Stay tuned as we work out the details.
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Arrowmont - tuition discount!!

UPDATE: May 15, 2012 - discounted tuition rates no longer apply. However, Arrowmont is an amazing, life changing place so it is totally worth it! Attend a workshop.  You will not dissappointed. 

Holy Smokes! I just got a phone call from Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN asking me to pass along this news -

They offering 20% off of tuition for 2011 if you mention you saw this here. What a killer deal! Amazing classes at great prices! Whoohoo! There are workshops in clay, metal, glass, fiber, photography, painting, wood, and more!

I only have 4 or 5 more spots open for Clay and Glass: An Exploration in Combining Materials August 21 - 27th too.

You can register online or call them today at 865-436-5860.

Here are a few photos from the Mixed Media workshop I taught last summer.

If you've been to Arrowmont you know what an amazing place it is. One week at "art camp" can change your life. Seriously. It did for me the first time I went back in 2002.

So, register today and cash in on your 20% discount.

Hope to see you there!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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