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Matthew Katz

I am a ceramics materials nerd and I hope to share my knowledge and experience with you. I have a BFA and MFA in ceramic art, I also have spent 20 years working in ceramic science. I have taught ceramic science for artists at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University for 15 years. My understanding of how artists work and think and the knowledge of ceramic scientists enables me to teach artists to make the most of their materials.

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About this Course

Understanding the Unity Molecular Formula  is a short workshop exploring the mysteries of the U.M.F,  Learning how we use the U.M.F. to make our studios the best and safest they can be.


We will explore

How firing temperature works

How cones work

How glazes melt

Understanding the U.M.F.

How to calculate the U.M.F.

How to interpret U.M.F. numbers

Predicting glaze behavior

Altering glaze formulas

and much more

Rose and Matt Katz, bring a special perspective and teaching style to studying ceramic materials. They have over 40 years of experience as makers, scientists, manufacturers and teachers.  They have worked as both potters and sculptors, but also as engineers and research scientists in ceramic materials. They understand the needs, struggle and learning style of the working ceramics. They have made it their goal to translate the complexities of ceramic science, into English, so that everyone can make their studios, the best they can be. 


For more information on this course, visit Ceramic Materials Workshop