Concrete Celadon Glaze


Here are a couple of sets I made using concrete as a glaze material. It was pretty simple to make. The project began after finding two concrete paving tiles in a construction rubble dump. The larger one I kept for the bases, and the other I busted with a sledge hammer into gravel sized chunks. The gravel went into a bisque kiln, and the remaining slab went into the brick saw to get cut in half. Once the calcined concrete came out of the bisque, the friable powder went into the ball mill and ran for a relatively short 8 hours. After sieving out the remaining sand and large pebbles, I had myself a pretty nice looking glaze slurry. Overnight I noticed a lot of settling, I added a small bit of epsom salt, and what I guessed to be  about 1-5% by weight of bentonite. It still settled a bit, but not so much that you couldn’t use it. The application of the glaze was dipping, with a bit of spraying to build a thicker layer of glaze on the top half of each piece.

Teapot, Cups. Concrete Glaze on Danish Stoneware with Unpolished Concrete Slab. Matt Fiske, 2017.

The clay I used was a bastard mix of Danish stoneware and high fire reclaim clay. The firing was a very straightforward 1180C in 12 hours with a 1 hour hold. Based on other high fire celadon glazes I’ve fired in the past I’m guessing this same glaze would come out a very pale celadon blue in a reduction firing. Who knows though, I only had time enough to test in oxidation. Whatever the case my be, this was the execution of an idea I’d been meaning to try for more than a decade after hearing or reading somewhere that you could make a celadon glaze out of concrete!

Liquor Bottle, Cups. Concrete Glaze on Danish Stoneware with Diamond Polished Concrete Slab. Matt Fiske, 2017.

Author: mattfiske

My name is Matt and I'm a potter living in Southeast Alaska. I've been an artist/teacher/potter for the past decade, and I got my start in ceramics in high school some 18 years ago. These days I make my living selling wheel thrown pottery that sits at the intersection of ceramics/science/mineralogy/and geology.

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