Glazing

  • Can you Add Water to Glaze to Make it Thinner?

    Can you Add Water to Glaze to Make it Thinner?

    With time pottery glaze can dry out.  The water content will evaporate and the glaze can either become too thick to apply.  Or it can even become a bit hard and crusty, like old paint.  The question is, can you add water to glaze to make it thinner?  After all, glaze, particularly commercially made glaze,…

  • Can you Mix Different Types of Glaze? – Combining Glazes

    Can you Mix Different Types of Glaze? – Combining Glazes

    I sometimes find myself in a position where I don’t have the exact color glaze that I want.  Recently I wondered if I could mix different types of glaze together and what would happen.  So, I looked into the question of combining glazes and this is what I have found…. You can mix different types…

  • Can You Wash Glaze off Bisque Pottery?

    Can You Wash Glaze off Bisque Pottery?

    There is lots of scope for things to go wrong when you apply glaze to pottery.  You can mess up your glaze design, apply the glaze too thick, or even apply the wrong glaze.  If your glazing has gone wrong, you’re probably wondering if you can wash glaze off bisque pottery and start again.  Fortunately,…

  • What is Pottery Glaze Made of?  Understanding Pottery Glaze

    What is Pottery Glaze Made of? Understanding Pottery Glaze

    Glaze is the glass coating on the surface of pottery items. It can give the surface a glossy, matte, smooth, textured, opaque, or clear finish. Varying glaze compositions result in different glaze outcomes after firing. Each component has its function that like magic, transforms the glaze’s appearance after firing. Pottery glazes consist of three basic…

  • Is Pottery Glaze Toxic? Facts Versus Myths Explained

    Is Pottery Glaze Toxic? Facts Versus Myths Explained

    Learning to use glaze is an exciting and creative time.  Glaze can create an unending number of effects and finishes.  However, you may have come across alarming information that glaze can be toxic.  You may be handling glaze in its powdered form or a liquid state.  Either way, it’s important to ask the question, is…

  • How to Glaze Raku Pottery – Glazing and Underglazing Raku

    How to Glaze Raku Pottery – Glazing and Underglazing Raku

    Raku firing is quite different from regular firing in a gas or electric kiln.  If you are new to raku, this may have left you wondering if raku glazing techniques are different too.  When I started out in raku, I was left with similar questions.  I wanted to know exactly how to glaze raku pottery…

  • Why Is My Clear Glaze Cloudy? – How To Prevent Milky Glaze

    Why Is My Clear Glaze Cloudy? – How To Prevent Milky Glaze

    Clear glaze is often applied over underglaze decoration to protect pottery, make it non-porous, and help underglaze colors pop.  It can also be used as a way of bringing out the natural beauty of a particular clay body.  However, even a little bit of cloudiness can detract from the overall look of your pottery.  So,…

  • Choosing a Pottery Glaze – A Beginners Guide to Glazes

    Choosing a Pottery Glaze – A Beginners Guide to Glazes

    As the name suggests, glazing your pottery basically means you are covering it in glass.  Simple, right?  Well, it may not be as simple as it sounds.  There are many different types of ceramic glaze and there are important considerations when you are choosing a pottery glaze.  After all, you want to make sure you…