Developing Computer Aided Ceramic Glaze Recipes Using Local Raw Materials
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Author: ADELABU Oluwafemi Samuel, KASHIM Isah Bolaji, AKINBOGUN Tolulope Lawrence
Abstract: Although the traditional ceramic practices have been long in Nigeria, the full impact of the global advances in ceramic glaze technology is yet to be felt. Existentially, the prevailing approaches to glaze composition by local ceramic practitioners have remained hands-on trial and error methods including the use of already-prepared glazes which often do not deliver as expected due to unpredictable conditions. With the growing awareness on computer based glaze composition coupled with the need to improve glaze using materials from local sources; this study thus makes attempt on filling the existing gap between indigenous glaze quality tradition in Nigeria and the scientific prowess of modern glaze technology. To this end, survey multifaceted survey and glaze experiments was set up at exploring the potentials for developing computer aided ceramic glaze recipes based on existing local glaze recipes using available raw materials in Nigeria. The main experimental instruments included two sampled glaze software packages and 51 collections of locally tried glaze recipes. By adapting the software database for a new set of Nigerian raw materials, the study established the potentialities of an analytical approach to glaze formulation and the need to take advantage of the abundant ceramic raw materials in Nigeria for a time-saving, predictive and improved glazed ceramics production process. It is believed that this study could serve as a springboard to simplify glaze ‘mysteries’ and provide local ceramic practitioners with insight to explore the glaze tools and materials within their reach.
Keywords: Stoneware Glazes; Glaze Software; Glaze Chemistry; Computer Aided Glaze Design; Local Raw Materials
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