Special Finishes & Mattes

Some of you really like decorating your pieces. You like solid color glazes, either opaque or translucent. You often "paint" with your glaze, so you need solid, predictable colors that perform as much like paint as possible.

However, there also are people who find the devil in the details. You focus more on form, and cover your pieces with one, or sometimes two glazes. If there is any pattern to the glaze, it is random. So you need glazes which lend interest to the piece; these are glazes that "run" or "break", or change colors in interesting ways. Fortunately, glaze manufacturers have responded to this need and have lots of different products to choose from. This tip will review some of these popular types of glazes.

Before we get started, there is one thing to keep in mind: There is a tradeoff with these types of glazes. What you gain in interest, you lose in predictability. The glazes results will depend on many things, such as exactly how hot the kiln got inside, how thick the glaze is applied, the angle of the surface, the speed at which the kiln cools, etc. For this reason, these glazes are sometimes referred to as "art glazes", the implication being that art itself is experimental and your results are not guaranteed. So take a look through and see what creative inspirations start to flow!

Remember that layering glazes can also create some amazing results. Try experimenting with test tiles. Often one glaze will run into the next causing great variegate colors. We’ve received many customer concerns about glazes freezing during shipping in cold weather. Luckily, most glazes can be thawed and mixed and still work properly. Please put a comment in your order if you would like us to hold your order until the weather has improved.

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