Glaze and Clay Body Chemistry



Dates: June 7 - August 9Glaze Chemistry
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor: Matthew Katz/Casey Zeng

Course description:  This class will cover technical information about Glaze and Clay formation led by Alfred University instructor Matthew Katz, facilitated by Ceramics Program staff member Casey Zeng. Along with technical information, students will learn about how to effectively understand and work with their materials. Students will learn to use the Unity Molecular Formula of a glaze to substitute materials, how glaze temperature works, alter surface qualities, and prevent glazing defects.

The class itself will be a combination of on-demand, video lectures, live onlinediscussions, and real-world experimentation. The information will be provided through on-line lectures that students can view in classas well as review outside of class. There will be live, on-line discussions with the instructor scheduled throughout. This class will count as a prerequisite for the next section "Advancing Glazes" to be offered Fall 2018. (10 classes/10 weeks)

Knowledge of PowerPoint and use of a personal laptop is highly recommended.

Course Fees: $125 for Harvard Undergraduate Students, $250 for Harvard Graduate Students, $690 for Adult Community, TAP Regular and Long Service - Follow instructions in on-line registration system for pricing.

Your course fees includes clay for test tiles, access to all raw glaze materials for mixing, firing of all tests and 7 day access to the Materials Room to complete course projects. This class does not come with lab access outside of making test tiles and accessing the Materials Room for glaze mixing.

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If you are taking this course as a 2nd course, please email Ceramics Associate, Ji-Eun Kim at for fee information and promo code prior to registration.

For questions regarding course content, please contact Director of Education, Kathy King at

Location: Ceramics Studio