Monday, December 6, 2010

Get Crazy Glazing

Oxidation or reduction, what do you think? The pinch pot above is oxidation with overlapped glazes. So, get crazy glazing, you never know what you might get.

For this piece, I poured the inside glaze. Then I painstakingly hand brushed three coats of two different glazes. One of the two outer glazes is the same as the interior glaze.

I used the same technique for this teapot, pouring the interior glaze and then hand brushing freehand the two exterior glazes. They happened to run just a little and blend, time consuming, but worth it.

Below is another glazing experiment. I poured the interior glaze, then hand brushed one glaze on the exterior but only on the spots. I left the rest natural clay. Then I used a low fire Mayco crystal glaze dabbed on the top of the spots.

There's some nice crystals going on here. The cracks you see in the pot are intentional. I took oval pieces of clay and embedded them in a slab to get the crusty exterior.

I brushed white slip on the stars on this vase before the bisque. I wanted the stars to pop when I glazed it.

Here's how it turned out. I brushed the background glaze and then brushed yellow glaze onto each star. No wax resist here, although that might have been easier.

I tried another exeriment for this one. I poured the interior, and hand brushed three different glazes on the outside, two different glazes on every other pane (square).

I wear my magnifying reading glasses to make sure I get every bit of clay covered with glaze. Sometimes it's hard to see the different colors of the glaze if they are similar when dry. I had a real hard time with this one since the two pane glazes are very similar in color when dry.

I've done glaze overlapping experiments with Cone 10 reduction firing and fired mid fire glazes to Cone 10. Check out the Monet style AR Cole vase (second one) on Meredith's blog, now that's getting crazy, I love that pot. Anyway, just a few examples of glaze experiments. Not all experiments turn out well, but when they do it's rewarding and worth the experimentation. Hope you're inspired to get crazy glazing.


  1. To get the beautiful glazing on the seaweed vase and window vase is painstaking - wouldn’t have the patience to paint on three detailed coats, but I like the effect. The vase with the cracking you did works well too! Hope your heater is working now and you are staying warm.

  2. tedious work with beautiful results!

  3. Hi Jewels, thanks, there was a time I probably wouldn't have had the patience either, but things change. The heater is still working. we read on the internet some heaters make a lot of noise, hope it holds up.

    Hi Michele, thanks, I never was very good at dipping them.

    Hi Helen, thanks for visiting, yeah crazy is good sometimes.

  4. you are right about that vase with those crazy cranberry colors and all you need is some good lead to achieve those colors- how crazy would that be??

  5. The Seaweed vase is pretty!!

  6. all worked out so well!! crazy glazing indeed! All of the colours are terrific and I like the first little pinch pot colours and the red clay vase with the crystals starting to show...super!
    cone 6, right???

  7. Hi Meredith, thanks, what's a little lead on a vase anyway. I might delve into a little lead one of these days for those colors.

    Hi Lizet, thanks so much and thanks for visiting.

    Hi Trish, thanks, the first pinch pot was a very red clay. I think the iron reacted with the glazes. I put one glaze on the inside, a different one on the outside and then dripped a third on the top of the pot to run down to make the varied colors.

    Yes, cone 6 oxidation for all of these. When I first started with cone 6, I was kind of sad thinking I couldn't get the variation I had with Cone 10, with experimentation I now am seeing some good things can be achieved. Of course you don't see the not so good ones in this post, but got to be willing to take the bad to get the good I guess.

  8. Hi

    All of them are beautiful, especially the vase with twinkling stars is amazing!! I love it! What a fantastic color! Don't you think "Experimentation is an active science"?


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