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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.


Matte Cone 6 Glazing Techniques and Recipes

Posted On November 9, 2015 1 Comment
  Donna Polseno creates beautiful buttery matte surfaces with a lot of beautiful depth, but it took a lot of experimentation to get those surfaces just right. The glaze has to melt enough to move the glazes slightly and add depth to the imagery, but not too much!   In today’s post, an except from… Read More »
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Glaze Trailing Beautiful Surface Designs

Posted On November 4, 2015 14 Comments

As most any potter will tell you, glazing is probably the most challenging part of making pottery. It takes a lot of practice and experimentation to get it right (and it is easy to ruin a successful pot by getting the glazing wrong).


Sarah Jaeger is one of those potters who gets it so right. In today’s video, an excerpt from her new DVD Throwing, Altering, and Glazing For Function and Beauty, Sarah takes us through the glazing process of one of her gorgeous pots (a process developed after plenty of practice and experimentation!).



Making A Splash: Selective Glaze Pouring for Dramatic Results

Posted On March 16, 2015 2 Comments

The bold black and white patterns on Sam Scott’s pots look so precise that you would think he spent hours masking off the surface. But it is really much simpler than that. In today’s post, an excerpt from our free download Five Great Ceramic Glazing Techniques, Sam explains how he makes a splash with poured-on glaze decoration.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


To see how Sam makes this jar, download your free copy of Five Great Ceramic Glazing Techniques!


Glaze Recipes and Expert Tips for Great Pottery Glazing Results

Posted On March 4, 2015 17 Comments

In ceramics, finding the perfect glaze for your work is only part of the challenge. If the application is sloppy, it doesn’t matter how beautiful the glaze is! So in today’s post, Frank James Fisher shares some handy tips to make sure your glaze goes on right. He also shares recipes for three cone 6 glazes that work very well together. –  Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


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.


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.


Creating Cool Glaze Patterns with Vinyl Stencils

Posted On December 22, 2014 1 Comment

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.


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.


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.


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.