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… 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.
As we all know, in ceramics, trial and error is an integral part of the learning process – and often it can feel like mostly error. But it’s the way it goes with this medium, and each little bit of wisdom these little failures yield, gets us closer to success.Peter Karner developed his surface decoration… Read More »
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, Lorna Meaden takes us through the process of glazing one of her jester tumblers. To enhance the slip inlay… Read More »
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 the November… Read More »
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… Read More »
In ceramics, finding the perfect glaze for your work is only part of the challenge. If the application is sloppy, it will show in the finished glazed piece! 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… Read More »
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… Read More »
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 »
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!