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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!).



How to Silk Screen onto Wet Clay Using Dry Glaze Materials

Posted On August 5, 2015 2 Comments
Brad Menninga was interested in screen printing on wet clay, but didn’t want to mess with screen printing medium or long drying times to get his “inks” (in this case a glaze) to the consistency at which they wouldn’t run. So he thought, why not start with dry materials?   So he came up with… Read More »

Line Blends: A Surefire Way to Build Your Understanding of Ceramic Glaze Materials

Posted On July 22, 2015 4 Comments

Let’s face it. We’ve all had glaze disasters in the kiln. From the mild disappointment of a glaze not turning out exactly the color you were hoping for to a glaze completely running off a piece and ruining a kiln shelf. That’s why it is so important to test our glazes. Line blends are a pretty simple and straightforward way of testing glazes that can yield a wealth of information. In today’s post, an excerpt from Developing Glazes, Greg Daly explains how to do a couple of line blends and shares some recipes you can try. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


How to Combine Patterns for Beautiful All-Over Decoration

Posted On June 24, 2015 0 Comments
Inspired by cast glassware and vintage textiles, Colleen McCall decorates her stoneware pots from top to bottom using layers of porcelain slip, underglaze colors, and white, breaking tin glaze. She makes her patterns by taking motifs from various sources and combining them into her own unique designs.   In today’s post, an excerpt from the… Read More »

Messing With Majolica: An Instructor Shares Tips for Learning and Teaching the Majolica Technique

Posted On April 20, 2015 9 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from the May/June issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Jake Allee shares what he learned when he recently delved into the Majolica technique. I really like the advice he gives on experimenting in your work. This may be just the impetus I needed to start some majolica experiments myself.


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!


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.