Markus Böhm (Germany)

Developing your own glazes can be efficient and fun. But in many potteries and studios it isn't. Often the lessons at school about glaze calculation repelled the later ceramicists for a lifetime. And mostly the teacher forgot to do the most important thing: explaining what a Seeger formula could be used for. Nevertheless Glazes are a very important part of most ceramic pieces. They are providing a "skin" which is substantial for the attractiveness of a pot or sculpture and often decides about the economical success or failure of a potter. With the right tools and organisation glaze research can be done successfully in a relatively short time and with defensible effort.

Markus Böhm is fascinated by glazes for as long as 30 years. Although he fires his pots in a woodfired kiln all of his work is glazed in addition to the effects that wood ash, soda and salt are providing. In his workshop he will use stoneware glazes as examples, but many principles and procedures can be used also for other firing ranges.

Markus writes . . .

"This workshop is suitable for all of you who would like to develop a deeper understanding of glazes so that you are able to develop those glazes that you want with a reasonable effort and to fire it successfully. It will be the third edition of my glaze seminars for the ICS Hungary. The first edition took place in 2014, and you can read the old announcement as well as the summary on Markus Böhm's website. There are also a lot of pictures giving an impression about the place and the kiln we used.

My speciality is the combination of volumetric blending and computer aided glaze calculation. These are both fantastic tools in itself, but the combination of those two methods accelerates the learning speed dramatically. And what sounds dry, complicated and far away will be useful and near after you've done it once or twice.

After the workshop Patricia Shone, one of the participants, wrote: "I am finding all that you taught us on the course very useful. I am surprised that I have remembered so much! And my kiln firing is much faster and hotter now."

The results will be woodfired, and, depending upon the number of participants and the amount of work, also gas fired. I hope on many participants because the more people are there the more experiments can be made.

We plan to fire Sasukenei kiln, built by Masakazu Kusakabe.

I'm very glad to be able to hold this seminar at the ICS. It is such a wonderful place with fantastic possibilities. And it will be in spring, two weeks after Easter in 2020."

The workshop language will be English.


Included in the fee for this course are clay and firing costs.

  • Participants should bring with them their small personal hand tools. Remember to pack them in your stowed luggage not in hand luggage for flying. We can provide a basic tool kit for purchase if you need.
  • Notebook, or sketch pad and pencil.
  • Overall/apron.

Markus has compiled a list of additional things he would like you to bring. You can download it here.

Workshop /Mastercourse fee
The cost of this 10 day masterclass is 375,000 Hungarian forints.
It includes accommodation in a single room (self catering) with shared facilities, teaching fee and materials you need for the course.

Fees for the masterclass include

  • Your accommodation in a single room with shared bathroom on a self catering basis.
  • The basic materials and firings you will need for your course. (Extra materials may be purchased if you wish to make additional work.)
  • Teaching fee.
  • 24 hour access to your studio.
  • We have a limited number of rooms with private shower and WC at a supplement cost of 24,000 HUF.

A 50% deposit is required upon acceptance to secure your place on the course. The balance may either be paid in advance or in cash on arrival at the studio.

It may be possible for you to make applications to arts councils and funding organisations in your home country to attend the course. We will help you in any way we can with any applications for funding you make.

Refund Policy
Participants may have fifty per cent of the deposit refunded provided that we are notified 30 days before the start of the course. No refunds of deposits can be made after this deadline.

If we have to replace the course leader for any reason we guarantee the course will be held by a teach-er of similar qualification. You may choose to participate in the course or transfer the deposit to another course of your choice. If none of these options are to your satisfaction your full deposit will be refunded.

Accommodation is in single rooms with shared bathroom and WC. Rooms are simply furnished with bed, desk, chairs, wardrobe and cupboard and supplied with clean bed-linen, pillows and towels. Artists have the use of modern, fully equipped kitchens with shared refrigerators, cookers and microwave ovens. All cups, plates, cooking pots, saucepans and cutlery is provided. There are spacious lounges and dining rooms. All accommodation is self catering.

We have an extensive library of ceramic books and magazines as well as other art publications. There is wi-fi internet access in most areas. There is also a laundry facility with washers and dryer.

En-suite accommodation
We have a limited number of single en-suite rooms with their own shower and WC. If you require a single room with a private bathroom there is a supplement cost of 24,000 HUF for the course.

Studio materials and equipment
We have all the usual studio equipmen - slabrollers, electric and kick wheels, extruders, pugmills, ballmills etc. and we have 9 electric kilns of varying sizes, three gas kilns (firing to 1400c for porcelain), 4 wood-fired kilns, with one for saltglaze, and raku kilns.

All participants must be insured for medical and personal liability for the duration of their masterclass at ICS.
For EU citzens - please bring your EU Healthcard.
During the work period the ICS may document and publish the work of the artist in publications or on the ICS website.
ICS cannot offer storage for any artist’s works after the masterclass is completed.


29 April - 8 May, 2020

(Hungarian forints)

It includes accommodation in a single room (self catering) with shared facilities, teaching fee and materials you need for the course.
We have a limited number of rooms with private shower and WC at a supplement cost of 24,000.

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Evening working – The studios will be available if you wish to continue making items, though these sessions will not be taught. Additional materials to those provided by the course may be purchased from the technicians.

The tutor instructs students in health and safety issues relevant to this course. Students may work unsupervised on agreed projects once they have satisfied the tutor as to their competence. There may be restrictions on the equipment available to students in the tutor’s absence.

Markus has compiled a list of additional things he would like you to bring. You can download it here.

please email:
Steve Mattison, International Contact

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Magyar kapcsolat
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