Glazing Series

  • With Easter only a few weeks away, I'm sure you have a couple projects sitting on the shelf waiting to be glazed. Why not put some of your underglaze to good use and give those projects a special touch!

    At Big Ceramic Store, we have many different underglaze colors, firing ranges, and manufactures, making it easy for you to choose the right ones for your work.

    Let's say you have a cute little chick you want to make a solid yellow... that's where an opaque underglaze like the Amaco LUG Series Yellow comes in handy. If it's too bright, just add a little white to tone it down.

  • If you've followed our elephant sculpture series, you know I left it at a point where you could finish it the way you wanted, however; if you haven't finished it yet, you may want to see how I am finishing mine.

    I will use a combination of mason stains and glazes, to give depth and definition to the details, as well as leaving some areas bare to accent the piece.

    You will need a black mason stain, white glaze (I prefer a satin matte finish), a couple small mixing containers, and brushes.

    Follow me to the studio and let's see how it turns out!

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  • I have to admit, I generally use commercial glazes, however; there are a few that I like to mix myself. That being said, there are a few tools I couldn't do without!

    Whether you choose to mix your own glaze from scratch, or mix up a pre-mixed dry glaze, you may want to read on for some tips to make it a little easier.

    Now let's talk about those tools:

  • With the change of seasons, one of the first things I did was check my glaze inventory to make sure I have the fall colors I need. The first group I checked were my Coyote Glazes.

    Coyote glazes are one of my favorites. The selection of colors, the ease of use, and versatility, have become invaluable to me. Whenever I want to use multiple colors on a pot, I know I can pick from my Coyote selection. Not only for the colors, but all the testing I've done, has led me to a large group of compatible mixes.

    Today we'll talk about some of the benefits of these glazes and colors that will put the autumn feel into your pots!

  • Some of us get really creative with glazing, some of us don't... either way, waxing the bottom of your pots is essential.

    Earlier this week we talked about bisque firing, so today we'll go over what to do with your pots once they come out of the bisque. Steps need to be taken to get them ready for glazing and the glaze firing. Waxing the bottom (or where they may touch a kiln shelf) is one of those steps, and making sure your shelf has been washed with a good quality kiln wash is another.

    Although many potters have their own unique way of waxing, I'm going to stick with a few of the basic methods I use in this post.

    Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio for some helpful tips!

  • Are you looking for a new and interesting way to liven up your pots? Have you tried using sponges for design? Let me tell you, there are some really interesting designs waiting to be had with the sponges in your toolbox!

    I'm always trying new sponges. I have flat ones, round ones, course ones, fine ones, and my favorite... the funky shaped ones! Not only do we use sponges for texture in our studio, we paint with them as well.

    Grab your coffee, put your apron on, and let's head to the studio... Awesomeness is just around the corner!

    • Sharon | #

      Love these.... new ceramics idk. But with guidance wouldnt take long. How long would it take to learn, where i go in sc. I become certified in this too. Ill be teaching it too

  • With a lot of glazes, you don't really know what to expect when you open the kiln lid. It's even more surprising when you use Shino glazes! The use of soda ash in the glaze, causes carbon to be trapped, resulting in interesting spotting and runs.

    In today's post, I will show you a few examples of Shino glaze in action. You will see results when Shino is layered over and under other glazes. You might even get to see what it looks like all by itself!

    Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio. And, if you haven't already, fire up the computer and get ready to order some Shino for your inventory. I'm sure you will love the results as much as I do!

  • In our last post, we talked about some commercial glaze colors/techniques that work well for me. In this post, we are going to discuss some that haven't always worked so well.

    First off, let me say... It is critical that you test your glazes and clays together! Recently, I was preparing for a large show, and used a glaze I hadn't tried before. I was in a hurry, and didn't test the glaze with my clay before smothering a few pieces in it.

    Not only was it s a huge mistake, it was a very disappointing outcome. The lanterns I had expected to be beautiful, well... Keep reading for some pictures and combinations that I won't use again!

  • Several of our readers have asked us to go over glaze colors and layering. This post is primarily about some of the glazes I use, and how I use them.

    Glazing has always been my least favorite part of pottery! You have an amazing idea in your head, plan it out, brush, dip and layer the glazes just perfectly on the piece in front of you... Everything is going to be exactly as planned right? Well, not always...

    Below are some of the glaze methods that have worked for me. I will go over some that haven't worked so well in a future post.

  • This post was made by Lyndsay Rae Meiklem , check out her pottery at www.MKWCenter.com
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    Procrastinate when it comes to glazing? Thought of dipping get you down? Here’s a glazing technique I’ve come to LOVE that has not only held my interest but is quick, easy and efficient!

    Glazing on the wheel works best with symmetrical work that is larger than 3 inches in diameter. It can be used for plates, bowls and upright forms such as vases but doesn’t not lend itself to forms with handles or sculptural surface decoration.

    Grab a cup of coffee and head to the studio, you're going to love this one!

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