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!).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.