Ash Glazes: Techniques and Glazing from Natural Sources (Hardcover)
Fully updated and revised, with new photographs and glaze recipes, this is the third edition of this classic guide to ash glazes.
Forever curious and eager to learn new things about ceramics, Phil Rogers constantly tinkered with clay bodies, glaze formulae and approaches to firing. This volume is his seminal work on transforming ash into glaze: an essential text for all potters and ceramicists
with additional relevance today with its focus on prioritising the use of natural resources.
Ash Glazes examines the practicalities of collecting and testing wood ashes, demonstrates the process of making them into glazes and offers a step-by-step guide to using them to decorate your pots.
This edition, updated and revised by Hajeong Lee Rogers, is a celebration of pottery at its best. Starting with an introduction to the history of ash glazes, then moving on to a wide range of practical advice and methods, the book is enlivened by photographs of the work of potters from around the world, who use ash in colourful and imaginative ways. It provides true inspiration for working potters and delight for all those interested in contemporary ceramics.
Phil Rogers was one of Britain's leading potters and advocates for his craft. From his studio near Rhayader in Powys, Wales, he created work that drew on eclectic styles, from medieval German salt-glazed wares to 15th-century Korean porcelain. A passionate promoter of the use of natural materials in glazes, he is widely regarded as one of the giants of UK ceramics. His work is held by museums around the world, including the V&A, the British Museum and the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art in Japan.
Hajeong Lee Rogers grew up in South Korea where she later studied crafts at Sungshin Women's University and quickly became attached to the ceramics department. She won the National Award for Craft Art for one of her large ceramic sculptures in 2005. In 2011, she moved to Wales to be with her husband Phil Rogers where she started working in her own studio, making tableware with a fusion of traditional Korean techniques and patterns influenced by William Morris. Her work is included in the Reeves Collection, Washington and Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
“the most useful and definitive guide to the various uses of wood ashes in glaze application” —Mike Dodd
“Hajeong Lee Rogers has honoured her late husband, the great potter, communicator, and entrepreneur, Phil Rogers, by presenting this magnificent new edition of Phil's much-loved Ash Glazes. The new book is glorious in appearance and content, the kaleidoscopic range of ash glazes is attractively illustrated in scores of images of historic and contemporary pots, while insightful additions to the text add layers of insight into the practicalities of preparing and using ash in glazes. Potters, young and old, will delight in the updates, and our continuing experiments and revelations will be fitting tributes to all that Phil and Hajeong have contributed to our field.” —Mark Hewitt