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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.


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!


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

Posted On December 2, 2013 16 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.


How to Enhance Texture with One Versatile Glaze and Some Colorants

Posted On November 1, 2013 6 Comments

Glancing at Scott Dooley’s pots, you might not immediately think there was just one glaze recipe used. But it’s true. By using a copper wash under one base glaze with a variety of colorants, Scott creates his lovely mottled surfaces. In today’s post, Scott shares his process. To boot we’ll give you the glaze recipe! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.



Pottery Video of the Week: Design Techniques and Tips for Outstanding Majolica Pottery

Posted On October 11, 2013 2 Comments

I think everyone who has a passion for making pottery has experienced the heartbreak of making a great pot and then ruining it in the glaze stage. I certainly have. In fact, I think glazing and decorating is the most challenging part of this medium. So today I am sharing this video clip from Linda Arbuckle’s Majolica DVD. Not only does Linda give excellent advice and show examples for how to develop successful decoration. But she also shares a number of great technical tips for painting with majolica colors. Though this clip was condensed quite a bit for web posting, I still think it is packed with great information.


Tips for Making the Right Test Tiles for Testing Your Glazes

Posted On October 4, 2013 0 Comments

Glaze testing is essential if you are interested in really personalizing and perfecting your work. And to improve your results, it helps to have test tiles that mimic the kind of work you make. In this video, an excerpt from his DVD Understanding Glazes: How to Test, Tweak, and Perfect Your Glazes, John Britt shows several different ways to make test tiles. Chances are, you’ll find one that makes sense with what you are making. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Video of the Week: Glaze Trailing Beautiful Surface Designs

Posted On July 12, 2013 16 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!).



Low Budget Glaze Spraying: Using an Atomizer for Great Ceramic Glazing Effects

Posted On April 8, 2013 18 Comments

Spraying glazes is a wonderful way to make otherwise solid glaze colors have variation and depth, but not everyone has access to a spray booth. That’s where an atomizer comes in! In today’s bonus Monday video, Patricia Bridges demonstrates how easy it is to spray glazes with an atomizer. This technique is fantastic for those who fire in oxidation, but crave some of the variation and unpredictability of an atmospheric or reduction firing. Happy Monday!- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Pottery Decorating Video: Decorating with Slips, Sgraffito, Glaze, and Dots!

Posted On February 1, 2013 5 Comments

I loooooove polka dots! They are such a simple decoration, but they have such wide appeal. Gail Kendall is also into dots, so she spends a good amount of time dotting her surfaces – she says it’s almost meditative to her. In today’s post, Gail demonstrates how she combines slip dots and glazes to enhance her beautiful sgraffito leaf motifs and achieve her signature look.


Majolica Madness – A Fun Take on Majolica

Posted On January 16, 2013 6 Comments

I first saw these pieces in person a while back at David Gamble’s home and studio in Plainfield, Indiana. I thought his idea of making clay portraits from his old kindergarten class photos was fantastic (not to mention very well carried out!). This project also got me thinking about different ways to stretch the potential of commercial glazes. Maybe it will spark a new direction in your work!

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Pottery Video of the Week: How to Create Glaze Patterns with Latex Resist

Posted On August 17, 2012 12 Comments

I just added latex resist to my ever expanding studio supplies shopping list. And when you watch today’s video, you’ll see why. In the video, an excerpt from her new DVD Integrating Surface and Form with Porcelain (which ships Monday!), Lorna Meaden takes us through the process of glazing one of her jester tumblers. To enhance the slip inlay jester pattern, Lorna uses latex resist to alternate flashing slip and celadon glaze. Super cool.