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Ceramic Glazes

Glazing can be one of the most frustrating aspects of the ceramic process, but it can also be one of the most rewarding once it is mastered. Here we’ve gathered a plethora of articles designed to help you learn how to master working with ceramic glaze. From layering commercial ceramic glazes to mixing up your own glaze from recipes to tips on how to apply ceramic glaze, the posts in this section will be a great source of information and inspiration. And don't forget to download your free copy of Getting the Most out of Ceramic Glazes and Underglazes: Using Commercial Ceramic Glazes and Underglazes to Achieve Color, Depth, and Complexity, a perfect resource for potters and ceramic artists who are ready to experiment with commercial ceramic glazes or mix up their own custom glazes.

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Testing Commercial Ceramic Glazes Over Texture in Electric Kilns

Posted On October 12, 2015 0 Comments
Deanna Ranlett tests commercial ceramic glaze over various textures To get the most out of commercial ceramic glazes in your electric kiln, you need to understand the product descriptions on the package. What do the manufacturers mean when they say opaque, semi transparent, or translucent, and do their descriptions match the descriptions in your head?… Read More »

Using Glaze Additives to Make Average Glazes Great

Posted On March 31, 2014 5 Comments

Sometimes the glazes we use are good for one purpose, but not so good for another. A glaze might perform well when dipping or pouring, but dry so quickly when brushed the it’s nearly impossible to get an even coat. Glaze additives are the secret ingredients that can help remedy these problems. In today’s post, from the PMI archives, our own Jessica Knapp puts additives to the test. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

p.s.-This article appeared in the November/December 2011 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated. To buy this back issue in PDF format, click here!


The Power Sieve: Make Short Work of Sieving Glazes and Cleaning Ash

Posted On October 8, 2013 0 Comments
Anyone who is interested in ash glazes knows how tedious the cleaning process can be. And just sieving regular glazes isn’t exactly a picnic either. What if you could build a super-powered sieve to do the work for you?   Well, my dear readers, now you can! In today’s post, a sneak preview from the… Read More »

Beyond the Rainbow: The Colorful World of Commercial Underglazes

Posted On May 13, 2013 7 Comments

Commercial underglazes are basically clay slips containing colorants, and they’re a great way to add color to your work using a variety of application methods. And since they’re formulated to have low drying shrinkage, they can be applied to bone-dry greenware or to bisque-fired surfaces. In addition to being able to change the surface color of your clay body, underglazes can also be used to change the texture of the body.


Johanna DeMaine: Creating Bright Textured Surfaces with Raised Enamels, Lusters and a Sandblaster

Posted On February 13, 2013 6 Comments

Though fired to the same temperatures (about 1472°F/800° C), raised enamels differ from china paints in that they have more body and leave a raised line. They are a mixture of low-fire frit, clay and tin oxide. While china paint suppliers carry them premixed, DeMaine prefers to make her own.


Video of the Week: How to Flocculate a Ceramic Glaze for Better Coverage

Posted On June 29, 2012 14 Comments

In majolica glazing an even coat of the base glaze is desirable because it acts as a canvas for the decoration. In today’s post, an excerpt from her DVD Majolica Glazing: Creating Colorful Surfaces, Linda Arbuckle explains how she tests her glazes and makes sure they are properly flocculated to ensure even coverage. Even if you do not do majolica, this advice can be helpful in other glazing situations.


Red Hot Reds: All You Need to Know to Make Beautiful Red Glazes

Posted On June 18, 2012 14 Comments

In today’s post, David Gamble discusses a red hot topic for many a ceramic artist: how to achieve reliable red glazes. If you have ever tried to formulate a red glaze, you know how difficult it can be. And even if you buy commercial red glazes, you understand that they need a certain amount of attention and precision paid to them during application and firing.


Adding Depth to Your Ceramic Surfaces with Commercial Glazes

Posted On February 13, 2012 1 Comment

In this feature, one educator and potter, Lisa Bare Culp, explains how she discovered the advantages of exploring commercial glazes, and how some of her previous attitudes changed in the process. The results are not only seen in wider options for her work and her students work, but projects for you to try as well. Enjoy!

Detail of a Peach Bloom glaze surface.

Experiments in Peach Bloom: Extensive Testing Reveals Secrets of an Elusive Ceramic Glaze

Posted On February 9, 2011 19 Comments

When potter John Britt was approached by Lindsey Elsey, a student who was looking for a research partner on a study of Peach Bloom glazes, he gladly signed on. Six hundred test tiles later, John and Lindsey uncovered some of the secrets to developing gorgeous peach bloom surfaces. In this excerpt from the October 2010 issue of Ceramics Monthly, they share the results of their research, and a bunch of Peach Bloom glaze recipes.

Teapot, 6 inches in height, porcelain, fired to cone 6. This teapot is glazed with what Choo calls his “Crystal Celadon” glaze, which is a layered combination of commercial glazes (Amaco Textured Alligator, LT Series and LT 122 Dark Blue)

Tiny Teapots, Big Impact: Fong Choo Combines Wheel Throwing, Handbuilding and Layering Commercial Glazes to Make Compact Teapots that Pack a Punch

Posted On May 17, 2010 20 Comments

Fong Choo makes tiny teapots but, visually, they are anything but small. Fong successfully integrates the form with the surface to make elegant little works of art. The teapots bodies are thrown and altered on the wheel, and then embellished with handbuilt handles, feet, and spouts. Then Fong layers commercial glazes to get amazing surfaces. Today he explains his technique in detail, including his secret to taking commercial glazes to the next level.