Glazing & Decorating

  • 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,…

  • Underglaze Smudging and Bleeding – How To Prevent It

    Underglaze Smudging and Bleeding – How To Prevent It

    Underglaze decoration is incredibly versatile and when combined with a clear glaze can create beautiful results.  I have found that after applying underglaze with painstaking care, it can smudge and run easily.  So, I decided to find out if there was a way I could stop underglaze smudging.   This is what I found out….…

  • 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…

  • Underglaze Techniques – 16 Exciting Ways to Use Underglaze

    Underglaze Techniques – 16 Exciting Ways to Use Underglaze

    If you are new to making your own pottery, you may have been wondering about different ways to use underglaze. Underglaze is an incredibly versatile way of decorating clay.  There are many amazing underglaze techniques.  So, I thought it would be helpful to write an overview of some of the best ones. As the name…

  • What is Flashing in Ceramics – And How is it Done?

    What is Flashing in Ceramics – And How is it Done?

    Flashing refers to changes in the color, pattern and texture of pottery.  It occurs naturally during firing when clay comes into contact with flame, wood ash or soda vapors.  However, it is now a sought-after decorative effect and can be achieved in modern kilns by using flashing slips. 

  • The Difference Between Underglaze and Glaze

    The Difference Between Underglaze and Glaze

    Two of the most common ways to decorate pottery are glaze and underglaze.  These sound similar, but they aren’t the same.  So, what is the difference between glaze and underglaze?  Glaze and underglaze are both used to decorate pottery.  However, the main difference between underglaze and glaze is that underglaze is applied to the pottery…