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Egyptian Faience

Faience (French) is the general English term for ceramic pieces made with a white buff clay covered in a white glaze suitable for painted decoration. The addition of tin oxide to lead glaze was a huge leap in ceramic technologies in the 9th Century, as it required a kiln capable of maintaining temperatures of 1,000 degrees C (1,830F).

Why would a glass artist be interested in ceramic technologies? The term “faience” also encompasses the glazed beads and objects found in Egypt, Indus Valley, and Europe from as early as 4,000 BCE. These objects are not ceramic, as they generally do not have a clay body but are made from a mixture of silica and salts. Egyptian faience is generally considered to be the parent technology to modern glass technologies. But, more on the history of faience in coming posts…

Test Batch #1 This is the first test batch of Egyptian faience using the same (modern) recipe for four samples, two using copper (turquoise) and two using chrome (green), of a 1% and 3% saturation of the colourant to test both the colour and the firing schedule. From this initial batch, I have concluded that my further testing will be done with a 3% saturation of copper. While the chrome created a gorgeous green, it remained a matt surface and did not create the gloss of a surface glaze.

Next test batch will be of four different recipes using a 3% saturation of copper fired to 1700 degrees F, after three days, one week, and two weeks of drying to determine the length of time required to properly allow the salts to bring the glass and colourants to the surface.

Egyptian Faience Faience

11 Nov 2015

Just in time for the Calgary Expo!

I have finally settled on a dragon pendant design that I am happy with. There will be a limited number available at the Calgary Expo, each one unique in colour and facial expression. Come early to adopt yours before they all have new homes!

10 Apr 2015

Extermibead!

dalek

03 Apr 2015

Recycled Glass Beads

Recycled Glass

These beads were created using the vintage window glass saved from a family heritage site. The shards of glass were reshaped into beads and then attached to a card stating where the glass came from. The beads were then distributed to attendees at the next family reunion.

01 Apr 2015