Glazing & Decorating

  • what is pottery glaze made of

    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…

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  • melting marbles in pottery

    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…

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  • how to make sgraffito pottery

    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…

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  • when to apply terra sigillata

    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…

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  • How to make Terra sigillata

    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…

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  • the difference between stains and oxides in pottery

    The Difference Between Oxides and Stains in Pottery

    The terms “oxide” and “ceramic stains” are often used interchangeably. But are they the same thing? And if not, what is the difference between oxides and stains in pottery? Raw or plain oxides are metal elements that are combined with oxygen.  They are ground to a powder and one of their uses in pottery is…

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  • Is pottery glaze toxic

    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…

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

    These days, underglaze is usually applied first and then a clear or semi-transparent glaze is applied on top.  But what happens if you do the reverse?  Can you put underglaze on top of glaze?  Yes, you can put underglaze on top of glaze.  However, it depends on what underglaze you use, and the combination of…

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  • Airbrushing Underglaze onto pottery

    Airbrushing Underglaze onto Pottery – Top Techniques

    Airbrushing underglaze is a great way to add sharp lines, shadows, shades, and color gradients to your pottery.  On the surface, airbrushing seems like a simple process.  You load the airbrush with underglaze and you spray, right?  Well, not exactly.  There are a few things that it’s helpful to know from the off.  These will…

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  • burnishing pottery with a plastic bag

    Burnishing Pottery With A Plastic Bag – Not That Strange!

    Burnishing pottery involves rubbing it before it’s been fired so that the surface is smooth and shiny.  There are lots of ways to burnish, and one of the easiest ways is burnishing pottery with a plastic bag.  This might sound strange, but it does work. What is Burnishing Pottery? Burnishing clay is a way of…

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  • how to glaze raku pottery

    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…

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  • the difference between slip and underglaze

    What Is The Difference Between Slip and Underglaze?

    Slip and underglaze are just two of the many ways you can decorate pottery.  But, what is the difference between slip and underglaze?  And which one should you use on your pottery?  Slip and underglaze are both made of a mixture of clay and water.  However, slip contains more clay and can add texture to…

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