Alkaline glazes are popular low-fire ceramic glazes that can create bright beautiful colors without lead. As with a lot of low-firing glazes, they are a bit on the soft side, so testing must be done for food surfaces, but they are excellent for decorative applications.In today’s post, an excerpt from our new handbook Low-Fire Glazes… Read More »
Low Fire Glaze Recipes
If you are interested in building a collection of beautiful low-fire ceramic glaze recipes, or adding variety to the glazes you already have, you've come to the right place. In this section, you’ll find a whole lot of information on making and using low fire glazes, from textured to matt, and from majolica to glossy transparent glazes. As always, you’ll also see full-color images of finished work glazed using these low fire glaze recipes. And don't forget to download your free copy of 15 Tried and True Low Fire Glaze Recipes: Recipe Cards for our Favorite Low Fire Ceramic Glazes, a perfect resource for potters and ceramic artists who are ready to experiment with custom glazes, or for those who have grown tired of their own tried and true glazes.
As I continue to incorporate more imagery into the surfaces of my work, I have often considered taking a whirl at the majolica technique but haven’t yet done it. Majolica, also referred to as maiolica, is a wonderful way to create imagery on your work. In this technique, earthenware, generally terracotta, is coated with opaque… Read More »
Purple is one of my favorite colors. From pale lavender to deep eggplant there are so many gorgeous purple hues. Yet, browsing through the Ceramic Arts Daily archives, I noticed that we don’t have a whole lot of purple glaze recipes posted. Well, today I am going to remedy that situation.In today’s post, an excerpt… Read More »
I love the versatility of the ceramic surface. Treat it one way and it can look shiny and new, and treat it another way, aged and weathered. Ceramic artist Lisa Pedolsky prefers the latter look. In today’s post, Jonathan Kaplan explains how Lisa works in layers and stages to create her distressed surfaces. Lisa… Read More »
In today’s post, our own Holly Goring not only includes some versatile three-ingredient base glaze recipes, but she also gives simple straightforward explanations of the chemistry behind them. If you have always wanted to experiment with your own glazes, but didn’t know where to start, this post is just the ticket. And even though these… Read More »
Cake and flowers – two of my favorite things. It’s no surprise then, that I am particularly drawn to Arthur Halvorsen’s flower bricks. Arthur says that despite not really having a sweet tooth himself, he wanted his work to reference pastries because these treats are found worldwide and are usually associated with fun, playful events…. Read More »
The intricate and vibrant surfaces of Liz Quackenbush’s work are mesmerizing. They are also the result of many layers and firings. In today’s post Liz shares how she creates these incredible surfaces as well as the recipes for her low-fire clay body, glazes and overglazes. P.S. You can learn more about Liz’s work… Read More »
When Deanna Ranlett was in school, she wanted to find a glaze that looked like eye shadow. She liked the effects of some high-fire crystalline glazes, but could only fire low in the school studio. Undeterred, she started experimenting with Mark Burleson’s “Love Child” glaze. She tested and retested and came up with some sweet glaze recipes that gave her the eye-shadow look. In today’s post, she shares her recipes and some details on the experimentation that lead to them.
I just love the sugary matt surfaces, color schemes, and subtle layers in Kristin Pavelka’s work. Kristin uses gorgeous red earthenware to her advantage by creating linear sgraffito marks through white slip. Then she creates subtle layers of glazes — often using two tones of the same color — in a paint by number fashion…. Read More »
Having blacksmiths, farmers, and painters in his ancestry, ceramic artist Joseph Pintz has always had an appreciation for those who make things with their hands. So it is no surprise that he now makes a living making things with his hands and teaching others to do so. Drawing from a Shaker sensibility, his work is… Read More »