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Ceramic Glazing Techniques

Get the details on a wide variety of ceramic glazing techniques. Experts share their tips and techniques as well as favorite ceramic glaze recipes, from low-fire to high-fire and everything in between. And don't forget to download your free copy of Four Great Ceramic Glazing Techniques: How to Formulate Successful Crystalline Glazes, Add Depth Through Slip Trailing and Color Washes, and Glaze in the Majolica (Maiolica) Style, 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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How to Create Fabric-Inspired Surfaces by Layering Slips, Matte Glazes, and Bare Soda-Fired Clay!

Posted On January 4, 2015 0 Comments

With a seamstress as a mom, it is no wonder that textile-inspired designs have made their way into Colleen Riley’s work.

 

In today’s post, an excerpt from our new book Glazing Techniques, Colleen shares how she found a way to create beautiful fabric-inspired surfaces by layering colored slips, saturated matte glazes and bare soda fired clay.–Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Stay Put Glaze! A Great Tip for Transporting Glazed Pots

Posted On December 24, 2014 9 Comments

For those of us who don’t have a kiln in our studios, transporting glazed ware is a frustrating necessity. But things just got a little easier, thanks to Chanda Zea. Chanda came up with a brilliant solution for keeping glaze on pots while in transit. In today’s post, an excerpt from the January 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Chanda shares her secret!- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Creating Cool Glaze Patterns with Vinyl Stencils

Posted On December 22, 2014 0 Comments

I use paper stencils with underglaze a lot in my work. With a little water, the stencils stick to greenware beautifully providing a nice resist. But it is a bit more tricky on bisque ware. The paper doesn’t stick to the dry surface very well. Jay Jensen has a great solution to this. He uses adhesive vinyl stencils on his bisque and then glazes over them, creating lovely patterns. In today’s post, an excerpt from our new book release Glazing Techniques, Jay shares his technique.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Creative Commercial Glazing: Great Combinations for Interesting Effects

Posted On September 8, 2014 3 Comments

Some folks feel like using commercial glazes is cheating, but I say, hogwash! I have been using commercial glazes for the past couple of years because, with very limited time in the studio, I don’t have time for mixing and testing. I have discovered some commercial glazes that I am very fond of and if I can find any ways to maximize my time making, I am all for it. Plus, with a little experimentation, you can make them your own.

 

In today’s post, an excerpt from the September/October 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Deanna Ranlett explains some ways she has found to create great surfaces with commercial glazes.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Using the Transfer Method to Create Interesting Glaze Patterns on Pottery

Posted On July 23, 2014 5 Comments

As detailed in the direct and stencil approaches shown previously, glaze application methods are as infinite as our imagination. Nearly every item around the studio or house has the potential to be a glaze applicator. It just takes a little imagination to see the potential, and experimenting is key to discovering new ideas. Today, Frank James Fisher will present the transfer method that he uses to create beautiful patterning on his pots.

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A Simple Watercolor Majolica Technique

Posted On June 25, 2014 11 Comments

Ceramic stains and underglazes mixed with water painted on unfired white-glazed bisque is pretty similar to watercolor painting on paper. The main difference is that the glazed bisque surface absorbs the color and water mixture more quickly. But once you get used to that, you can create beautiful watercolor-like surfaces. In today’s post, an excerpt from the July/August 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Laurie Curtis shares her simple technique.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Using Slips, Sgraffito, and Inlay Techniques to Create a New Twist on Oribe

Posted On April 30, 2014 4 Comments

Oribe ware is a type of ceramics that originated in the 16th century and is known for its copper green glaze and bold patterns. Ben Krupka is a fan of the experimental and playful feel of Oribe. In today’s post, Ben explains how he uses slips, wax resist, sgraffito and inlay techniques to create his own interpretation of this historical style.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Tips for Consistent Results in Glazing

Posted On April 4, 2014 16 Comments

If you have ever experienced using a tried and true glaze in one firing and had the exact same glaze come out completely differently in a later firing. There are lots of different reasons why this could happen, but a common one is that the glaze density was not consistent from one glazing session to the next. In today’s post, an excerpt from her new DVD Flat to Functional: Handbuilding and Slip Decorating, Lisa Naples gives some great tips for making sure your glaze results are consistent.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Glazing for Success: 12 Tips to Help You Master Pottery Glazing

Posted On February 5, 2014 25 Comments

I have to admit, glazing is not my favorite part of the ceramic process. It’s probably because of its potential to make or break a good pot (and believe me, I have broken quite a few with poor glaze application). I tend to be a bit of a sloppy glazer and I sometimes rush through it a little more quickly than I should. Denver, Colorado ceramic artist Annie Chrietzberg is the polar opposite of me in the glaze room: methodical and precise. I know my glazing outcomes could be greatly improved if I followed just a couple of Annie’s tips, so I thought I would share them with the community. Hopefully you will benefit from Annie’s advice too!

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Seamless Transitions: How to Spray Layers of Glazes to Softly Blend Glaze Colors

Posted On December 2, 2013 15 Comments

In today’s post, Martha explains that her glazed surfaces, which are often mistaken for soda-fired, are actually achieved through spraying on layers of various cone 10 glazes.