Steve Loucks

Develop Your Own Glazes

July 20th  –  24th, 2020

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     Learn what makes up a glaze in theory and then in reality, as well as, how to evaluate a glaze to adjust it to achieve a particular surface quality and melting temperature. My simple and practical, kitchen-method approach to test an influencing glaze ingredient is driven by the results from the actual ingredients used to make glazes. This method differs from a chemical analysis approach with ratios and limits within various chemicals which requires lots of math or the use of a software program. Each student will develop their own glazes: glossy, satin, and matte, using my “L” shaped test tile design that is easy, efficient, and very productive. Lectures include: the glaze components, “L” shaped test tile design, glaze characteristics, glaze applications, a comprehensive color response test, and how to make a desirable glaze from all that glaze waste to be resourceful and as environmentally responsible as possible. All results and information will be shared for all to benefit. While the kilns are firing, I will be demonstrating my wheel throwing techniques and helping students making their own pieces. All levels welcome.




Steve received his MFA in 1985 from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY and his BFA in 1983 from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. He is a full-time studio potter, working in the studio he shares with his wife, Lynnette Hesser. Steve retired in July 2013 from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama where he had taught for 26 years and was a Full Professor of Art. He is now Professor Emeritus. Steve wrote and published, “Glazes From a Potter’s Perspective: a Simple, Kitchen-Method Approach to Understanding Glazes”. He has conducted numerous technique and glaze testing workshops which include Odyssey (2 times), Penland (7 times), Arrowmont (3 times), John C. Campbell Folk School (5 times), St. Pete Clay (3 times, once with The Potters Council), Snow Farm, Daven’s Ceramics Center, the 92ndStreet “Y” in NYC and the Workhouse Art Center. His work is included in several public and private collections including the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas, University of Florida, Tennessee State University, University of Arkansas, and the Greenwich House Pottery. Steve was awarded an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts twice and a Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts as well as many awards in national juried competitions. At the National Council on the Education of the Ceramics Arts, (NCECA) Steve has been a lecturer, lead panelist, presenter, Glaze Doctor, and Topical Group Discussion Leader numerous times.

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