2001 Michael has been experimenting with crystalline glazes,
which have become his passion. With some advice from Evan
Davis on firing cycles, and the refinement of glaze
formulation both Michael and John Payne have achieved some
Crystalline pottery dates back to the late
nineteenth century when several of the main European porcelain
factories began experimenting with the technique. Despite the great
beauty of many of the pots that were produced during this period,
all of the industrial potteries abandoned their pursuit of crystals
due to the technical difficulties and unreliability of glaze
Despite many improvements in
kiln technology during the twentieth century, crystalline glazes
remain amongst the most difficult techniques that a ceramic artist
can attempt to master. The best results are achieved on porcelain
clay due to its whiteness and fired strength.
The crystals on these pieces
are zinc silicate crystals and are formed during the cooling cycle.
The high gloss of crystalline glazes
There is no mistake that potting is a
messy business but the results are amazing.
In 2016 Michael will give some classes in
ceramics at the gallery on Saturdays. He can be contacted on 67752122 or 0410101266
or by email at <email@example.com>.