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. In today’s post, Frank James Fisher demonstrates a cool transfer technique utilizing… Read More »
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.
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… Read More »
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, an excerpt from the May/June 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Ben explains how he uses… Read More »
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, you’ll love today’s video. There are lots of different reasons why this could happen, but a common one is that the glaze density was not consistent from… Read More »
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!
If you are a ceramics nerd and see a Martha Grover pot in person, you are likely to marvel at the glaze surface and try to guess at how she came up with it. In today’s post, Martha Grover explains that her surfaces, which are often mistaken for soda-fired surfaces, are actually achieved through… Read More »
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, an excerpt from his DVD Handbuilding Modular Forms with Stiff Slabs, Scott… Read More »
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… Read More »
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… Read More »
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… Read More »