Always wipe bisqueware before firing to ensure a clean surface for the glaze to cling to, otherwise glaze can slide off an unwiped pot onto a kiln shlef during firing.

In response to our recent features on using direct, stencil, and transfer approaches to achieve glazing patterns, many readers asked about the glazes that were used and where they could get the recipes.


So, today, you’ll find recipes for three glazes used to illustrate the techniques detailed previously. You’ll also find some handy tips to keep in mind when you’re ready to get glazing! Sherman Hall, Co-host, Ceramic Arts Daily.


Glazing Tips


Glaze needs a firm clean surface to cling to, so always wipe bisqueware before glazing to prevent glaze from sliding off onto a kiln shelf during firing.


Glazing very dry bisque surfaces can result in an extra-thick glaze application, because the moisture from the wet glaze is quickly absorbed into the dry bisque, causing a thick layer of glaze to adhere. Wiping the surface with a damp sponge before glazing yields a thinner glaze layer. Don’t use too much water, however, which may cause the glaze to run off the bisque resulting in a thin or uneven coat.


The best sponges for glazing are the large wallpaper sponges sold at building supply stores. These sponges have small pores and are excellent for wiping wet glaze off pots. A large-pore sponge doesn’t last as long and leaves uneven edges.

If you need to wipe glaze off your pot, do so while the glaze is still wet. Wet glaze is removed more easily and results in less staining than if you wait until the glaze is dry on the pot.


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Glaze Recipes

Warm Jade Green Cone 6
Glaze Material Percent
Whiting 16%
Ferro Frit 3124 9
Talc 9
Custer Feldspar 40
EPK Kaolin 10
Silica 16
Total 100%


Shelly’s Blue Cone 6

by Michelle Bonior

Glaze Material Percent
Dolomite 4%
Whiting 6
Zinc Oxide 4
Custer Feldspar 47
Gillespie Borate 13
EPK Kaolin 3
Silica 23
Total 100%
Rutile 2.0
Copper Carbonate 1.5
Cobalt Carbonate 0.5
Bentonite 2.0
Licorice Black Cone 6  
Glaze Material Percent
Whiting 4%t
Ferro Frit 3134 26
Custer Feldspar 22
Talc 5
EPK Kaolin 17
Silica 26
Total 100%



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