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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.


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Throw, Cut, and Paste: Combining Wheel Throwing and Handbuilding to Create Distinctive Vibrant Forms

Posted On June 9, 2014 15 Comments

Potter Joan Bruneau wanted a little more lift from her thrown vase forms, but pesky old gravity was keeping the bottoms looking static. So she started to think of other ways she could make more gestural forms and came up with what she calls her “cut and paste” technique. Today, Joan shares that technique with us. 

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A Plethora of Purple: Glaze Recipes for Earthenware, Stoneware and Porcelain

Posted On March 12, 2014 32 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from Linda Bloomfield’s Colour in Glazes,
I am presenting a plethora of purple glazes – from low fire earthenware
recipes to mid-range and high fire stoneware and porcelain, there
should be something for everyone interested in making some purple
pottery!

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The Distressed Look: Using Texture, Engobes, Underglazes and Glaze to Create a Weathered Looking Surface

Posted On January 27, 2014 2 Comments

In today’s post, Lisa Pedolsky shares how she works in layers and stages to create her distressed surfaces. She also shares a low-fire glaze and engobe recipe.

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Easy Peasy Three Ingredient Glazes

Posted On January 15, 2014 11 Comments

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 are low fire recipes, you might be inspired to experiment with the ratios of ingredients to come up with higher temperature glazes.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Festive Flower Bricks: Coil-Built Forms Fit For a Party

Posted On December 30, 2013 20 Comments

Today, in an excerpt from the November/December 2010 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Arthur Halversen takes us through the coil building process he uses to construct his flower brick forms. He also shares his recipe for the frosting-like glaze he uses – the icing on the cake, as they say. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Making Beautiful Vibrant Surfaces with Layers of Color

Posted On December 9, 2013 3 Comments

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.

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Glaze That Glitters: A Little Experimentation Leads to Some Nice Low Fire Crystal Glazes

Posted On August 12, 2013 4 Comments

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.

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Creating Subtle Layers with Sgraffito, Slip, and Multi-Toned Glazes

Posted On September 7, 2011 11 Comments

I just love the sugary matt surfaces, color schemes, and subtle layers in Kristen Pavelka’s work. Kristen 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. The result is work that looks as yummy as a frosted sugar cookie. In today’s post, Kristen explains these decorating techniques. She also shares glaze and slip recipes!

A lovely example of Jake Allee's experimentations with the Majolica/Maiolica technique

Messing With Majolica: An Instructor Shares Tips for Learning and Teaching the Majolica Technique

Posted On March 16, 2011 7 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from the May/June issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Jake Allee shares what he learned when he recently delved into the Majolica technique. I really like the advice he gives on experimenting in your work. This may be just the impetus I needed to start some majolica experiments myself.

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Rustic Handbuilt Work Blurs the Lines Between Functional Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture

Posted On August 10, 2009 4 Comments

Today, Joseph Pintz shares his clay body and glaze recipe he uses to give his work that vintage, rustic look. Plus he talks about the process behind his rough-hewn, handbuilt pottery.