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Bergren Forum participants will hear history of ceramic glazes

Dr. William Carty, professor of ceramic engineering and materials science at Alfred University, will present “Color in Ceramic Glazes: A Happy Accident” as the next lecture in Alfred University’s ongoing Bergren Forum series.

The presentation will take place on Thursday, April 11 at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. This event is open to the public free of charge.

 Carty will lecture on the accidental discovery of 12th century celadon glazes, which appear a luxurious pale green in color. A product of the interaction of a clear glaze with a body containing iron, this lovely glaze is the result of firing techniques that were much different from those which are used today.

The lecture will cover the research which led to this discovery, as well as the modern routes used to obtain color in ceramic glazes today.

Carty holds bachelor of science and master of science in ceramic engineering degrees from the University of Missouri-Rolla, as well as a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Washington.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.