Glazing & Decorating

  • 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…

  • Melting Marbles in Pottery – Ways to Fuse Glass onto Clay

    Melting Marbles in Pottery – Ways to Fuse Glass onto Clay

    One of the first pieces of pottery I made in pre-school involved melting marbles in pottery.  However, mixing glass with ceramics is not just for kid’s projects.  It is a technique much used by potters and can create lovely results in a few simple steps. To melt marbles in pottery, make a small shallow dish…

  • How do You Make Sgraffito Pottery?  – 3 Easy Fun Techniques

    How do You Make Sgraffito Pottery? – 3 Easy Fun Techniques

    Sgraffito pottery is really quite simple to make.  However, it can be extremely satisfying and lovely to look at.  Like most techniques in pottery, there are several ways of approaching sgraffito.  When I became interested in it my first question was how do you make sgraffito pottery?  These are three of the sgraffito techniques I…

  • When to Apply Terra Sigillata? – On Bone Dry or Bisque?

    When to Apply Terra Sigillata? – On Bone Dry or Bisque?

    Making terra sigillata takes time and effort.  Combining the ingredients is simple.  Reducing the thin slip to a usable consistency takes quite a long time.  So, it’s important that when you use this liquid gold, you use it well.  This raises the question of when to apply terra sigillata to the best effect. Terra sigillata…

  • How to Make Terra Sigillata | Easy Peasy Terra Sig

    How to Make Terra Sigillata | Easy Peasy Terra Sig

    There are a lot of different accounts of how to make terra sigillata available.  Some of these methods seem more precise than others.  There also seems to be quite a bit of conflicting information.  So, I did some research into the various recommendations made by different potters and cherry-picked the best suggestions.  I tested these…

  • The Difference Between Oxides and Stains in Pottery

    The Difference Between Oxides and Stains in Pottery

    The terms oxide and stain, or ‘ceramic stains’ are often used interchangeably by potters.  If you are new to the exciting world of ceramic pigments, you may have wondered what oxides and stains are.  Perhaps you have pondered on the difference between oxides and stains and been left none the wiser.  This article is all…

  • 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…

  • Can You Use Underglaze on Top of Glaze – Does it Work?

    Can You Use Underglaze on Top of Glaze – Does it Work?

    Underglaze is pretty versatile.  There are a seemingly limitless number of underglaze techniques.  If you have been experimenting with underglaze you may have wondered if you can use underglaze on top of glaze.  Faced with some glazed pottery that I wasn’t happy with I found myself wondering the same thing.  And this is what I…

  • Airbrushing Underglaze onto Pottery – Top Techniques

    Airbrushing Underglaze onto Pottery – Top Techniques

    Airbrushing underglaze is very versatile.  You can use it to create sharp lines, shadows, and blended gradients. I wanted to know more about how to airbrush underglaze, so I did some research and tried it out.  Like most pottery techniques it takes practice, but with some trial and error, this is what I found out.…

  • Burnishing Pottery With A Plastic Bag – Not That Strange!

    Burnishing Pottery With A Plastic Bag – Not That Strange!

    You may have heard of or even seen potters burnishing pottery with a plastic bag.  Perhaps this left you wondering what on earth was going on.  But the results of this technique can be quite stunning.  As ever, in pottery, there is more than one way to do something.  Here is some information about the…

  • 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…

  • What Is The Difference Between Slip and Underglaze?

    What Is The Difference Between Slip and Underglaze?

    There are many terms in the world of pottery, and if you’re brand new to it, this can prove to be confusing. Slip and underglaze may seem similar on the surface, but you will find they are used in different ways.  This may have left you wondering, what is the difference between slip and underglaze?…