Saturday, May 17, 2014

Glazing in Community Studio

 Here are some photos of the glazing room at the Helen Arts Center and some of my work ready to be fired.

More work to be fired; please see previous posst to see some of these pots fresh out of the kiln. For some reason my blog isn't feeding again. Do you have any suggestions as to why? I've posted on blogger help with no responses. Blogger used to be good about fixing problems but lately not much response from them.

 Glaze buckets and sink.

 Table for glazing.

 Test tiles.

 Where the work is fired.

Here's the cherry tree bowl made with speckled stoneware, Please see previous posts for the one on white clay which I prefer. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. ok this time my blog fed, who knows what is going on, not me.

  2. How happy you must be to have a place to work while your studio is getting going!
    I have learned to take the internet as it comes; it's still confoosin' to me!

  3. Another question, Linda... Are you dipping to glaze, spraying, or using a brush? I know it may depend on your project, but what do you prefer? I've had some difficulty with dipping (too thick, object falls in, etc.) and was just wondering.

  4. Hi Suzi, thanks, I just like the feedback from others on my blog otherwise I don't know about the internet either.

    Hi Rian, thanks, good questions. I almost always brush my glazes using a one inch goat hair brush with two coats. I let each coat dry slightly between coats. I have little problem with running or too thick (but sometimes they are too thin). If I have a vase I pour the glaze on the inside first and then I twirl it around and pour out the glaze and then I brush the outside of the piece. I will try to do a more descriptive demo post the next time I glaze to show you.

    When dipping I think it depends upon how thick the glaze is and how long you leave it in the glaze if you are dipping. I look at the community test tiles and if the glaze looks like it runs I don't put on too much glaze.

    when dipping I have been told to say the word "one thousand one" for one dip and immediately take the piece out of the glaze. For a glaze that doesn't run much says "one thousand one, one thousand two", then take the piece out of the glaze immediately. If there is a small portion that didn't get covered with glaze when dipping, don't put it back in the bucket but use a brush to touch that part up.

    I have yet to try spraying, but one of these days I will.

  5. Oh Rian, I forgot to mention, this last firing I had one piece with too thin a glaze outcome, I have tried reglazing and will refire it so I'll post about how that comes out. This is the first time I will be refiring after reglazing. we shall see.

  6. Oh Suzi, I forgot to mention, the only thing with the community studio is that it is about 45 minute drive one way, so if I take work I have to drive to take the greenware, then drive to get the green ware and glaze and then drive to pick it up with makes six trips for one set of work, I am thinking it's not worth all that time and driving in the long run; although I am learning more about dipping and getting helpful hints form others at the community studio.

  7. Love seeing the before and after shots - thank you. The two posts together were fascinating.
    And that cherry-tree bowl is a gem.

  8. Community studios are great places to try a lot of different glazes but usually it is what you see is what you get and students are not allowed to adjust flocculation, spg, or colorants. I only dip and spray glazes and it is much easier in the home studio. The glaze in my bucket is never the same as the glaze in someone's elses' so dip times and spray coats vary from place to place.

  9. Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, it is truly amazing in some of the before and after photos for sure.

    Hi Dennis, thanks, you are so righr about all the variables, but one has to start somewhere and a group setting can bel helpful for so many begining potteys.


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