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About the GlazeBase Project

  1. History
  2. IMPORTANT Legal Information
  3. Purpose
  4. Copyright Information
  5. Testing Glazes
  6. How to Submit Glazes
  7. GlazeBase Format and Files


The GlazeBase project was started by Bob Feder in 1992. The GlazeBase group hopes to establish an international database of well-documented glaze recipes. This database of glazes will be both a source for recipes for educational and studio use, and also a valuable resource for historical and technical glaze research. Glaze recipes and more information about GlazeBase are available here at CeramicsWeb.

We need your help!

To be successful, the GlazeBase Project needs the help of everyone in the ceramics community. Almost everyone has a favorite glaze or two that they've originated, either by creating the whole glaze or coming up with a unique color variation on an old standard.

Please consider submitting one of your recipes to the database.

What this means is a very small commitment of your time to thoroughly document the glaze using one of the templates on this disk. You know the glaze best, since you've used it many times, so answering the questions shouldn't take long. Please be careful to use one of the formats enclosed as we're trying to keep the work of an all-volunteer staff to a minimum. Please check your spelling and carefully follow the enclosed directions.


©1995 GlazeBase Group


The CeramicsWeb maintains GlazeBase for non-profit educational purposes, and the information collected and disseminated is not intended for commercial use. Payment will not be given for contributions or required for access and use of GlazeBase.


You are welcome to submit any glaze recipe you use, whatever the source. Descriptions of how to compound, apply or fire a clay, slip or glaze may be protected by law. Do not include such descriptions unless they are based on your own experience and written in your own words. So please do not copy any description of how to mix or use a glaze. Send us your own descriptions based on you own experience. ALL submissions may be used by the CeramicsWeb and may be distributed publicly or made available for research. To submit glazes see item at the bottom of this page on submitting glazes.


The GlazeBase is not to be used to list recipes for commercial glazes, which may be proprietary.


The CeramicsWeb GlazeBase template and data entry programs are copyrighted, and are licensed for use only to collect data for GlazeBase. The compilation of glazes on GlazeBase is not to be distributed for commercial purposes.


The glazes listed may not have been tested, and no guarantee is made as to their effect, which may vary due to formulation, application, clay body, firing, etc.


Many ceramic materials are potentially hazardous or toxic, and appropriate precautions should be taken when formulating and applying
glaze and when using glazes ware. It is the responsibility of the user to determine which precautions are necessary and which glazes are suitable for a particular use.

Detailed descriptions of health concerns for such materials can be found in:

Ceramics and Health by Monona Rossol
Center for Occupational Hazards
5 Beckman St., New York, NY 10036

Artist Beware! The Hazards and Precautions of Working with Art
and Craft Materials by Michael McCann
New York, Watson-Guptill, 1993

Be sure to get the most recent edition of any book on health and safety, as laws and information in this area are constantly changing. Finally, consult your materials supplier or the manufacturer for the Materials Data Safety Sheet (MSDS) for each of the materials that you use. MSDS are available on the web for almost all ceramics materials.


The CeramicsWeb and its owners, San Diego State, the individuals who submit glaze recipes and those who work to establish and maintain the GlazeBase make no warranties, either express or implied, regarding their merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. The above parties are not liable for any direct or consequential damages resulting from use of the listed recipes and descriptions, including monetary loss or
physical injury. The user assumes all risk of injury or loss due to any use of GlazeBase, its glaze recipes, or any ceramic material.


If you'd like to submit glaze recipes to GlazeBase, you can send in one of the several formats listed below. Be careful to include
as much of the information requested on the GlazeBase Text Template as possible.
Send submissions to:

Contribute a Glaze to the GlazeBase Glaze Database

- Give something back to the international ceramics community
- Please give as much information about the glaze and its usage as you can.
- Glazebase submission pages courtesy of Bob Wilt. Thanks!

We'd prefer that you use the template above, but you can send contributions
in the GlazeBase database format below on disk by postal mail to:

Richard Burkett
School of Art, Design & Art History,
San Diego State Univiversity
San Diego, CA 92182

or you can sent them by email (attachments okay:


About the GlazeBase formats and files:

There are several formats on the CeramicsWeb that you can use for
submitting glazes:

NOTE: Please keep an original of each these on a locked disk and only
use copies for submitting glazes. This way you'll always have a clean,
unaltered version to use or to give to a friend (or they can download their own.)

GlazeBase Text Format - an ASCII text file that you can use with
any word processor to create a text version of your recipe that we can
easily import into the database. This text format can then be e-mailed
to us at GlazeBase and also to your friends so that they can submit
glaze recipes. It can be used on any computer, Macintosh, DOS, Unix,
Amiga, etc. AVAILABLE NOW ON THE CeramicsWeb!
GlazeBase Text Format
Instructions for Text Format

HyperGlaze(TM) GlazeBase - a HyperCard(TM) stack that makes formatting
very easy. Requires a Macintosh computer and a copy of HyperCard.
NOTE: This does not run on Macintosh OSX computers without the use of Classic OS.
Enter your glaze recipes, then use "Save All as HyperGlaze
File" to create a document you can send on disk to GlazeBase or by
encoding the Macintosh file using BinHex and then e-mailing them. This
software is compressed on disk - simply double click the icon
"GlazeBase Stack.sea" to extract it to your hard disk if it is not
automatically extracted when it's downloaded. It requires
about 110K of disk space to extract. AVAILABLE NOW ON THE CeramicsWeb!
Download NOW!

GlazeBase GlazeEntry - a stand-alone Macintosh application based
on the HyperCard stack above. It works the same way, but doesn't
require a copy of HyperCard.
NOTE: This does not run on Macintosh OSX computers without the use of Classic OS.
System 6.0.5 or newer needed to run it.
This software is compressed on disk - simply double click the icon
"GlazeBase Application.sea" to extract it to your hard disk if it is not
automatically extracted when it's downloaded. It requires about 900K
of disk space to extract. AVAILABLE NOW ON THE CeramicsWeb!
Download NOW!

FileMaker Pro Template

- a database template for Filemaker (a Claris(TM) product that runs on Macintosh or Windows(TM) computers. This easy to use template also imports HyperGlaze recipes that have been exported as database-compatible files. One nice feature of this template is that it makes it easy to import a scanned picture of a glaze test tile which appears with the recipe on screen.

Download NOW!


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