There are many different elements that make up the art of pottery, and one of the most important is the glazing process.
Before you glaze:
There are a few things you must do to prepare for your glazing.
1. Ensure all dust is removed from your freshly fired pottery items. A clean sponge or dampened cloth should do the trick.
2. Mix your glazes well so there is no risk of separation between the various sediments.
3. Test your glazes on test-ceramic tiles made out of the different types of clay you have. This is vital to understanding how your glaze will react with your pottery items.
Pottery glazing techniques:
Sponges are used in pottery to create texture, sometimes adding that decorative touch as your second layer of glaze on an object.
You can use the natural formation of a sponge, or cut it to your liking, creating a stamp-like tool that you can use to easily create a pattern across your pottery.
With a bit of patience, you could even experiment with multiple sponged layers of glaze, giving your items a more in-depth design.
This technique tends to leave its mark since you can’t fully control the streaks left behind from the bristles. However, you are able to cover large areas with very little amounts of glaze as well as use the softness of a brush to address the details of more decorative pieces.
Many commercial glazes will produce a smooth coat despite the brushing application, however, depending on your artistic choice, you may want that texture included on your item.
Almost any brush will do, but just remember to clean it after every use!
As one of the most popular glazing methods, dipping allows a potter to be quick and efficient with their work.
This process usually results in an even coat of glaze in and on the pot, and any area where you were required to hold it, can simply be touched up by a small brush or even your own finger.
Note: With the dipping method, you will need a decently large amount of glaze to fully submerge your item in.
Often combined with the dipping method, pouring will require a somewhat thinner glaze due to the overlap that will more often that not occur.
This glazing technique is particularly useful for potter’s who would like to experiment with glazes of different thicknesses, colors and other characteristics.
This makes decorating your fired item easy and is a pretty speedy process.
This method of glazing is very efficient, but takes some time to master.
Many potters use airbrushes, garden sprayers, or miniature spray guns, but it’s essential that your nozzle is large enough to handle the glaze.
Keep in mind that you may lose a lot of materials using this method since a good portion of the glaze sprayed will not even touch the pottery. And not to mention, achieving an even coating is a difficult task.
However, it is a fun method to experiment with, making it easy to play with different colors and color gradation.
Testing the techniques
With so many different avenues you can explore in this art form, you are constantly learning and trying new things.
And that’s what we love about pottery making.
At Kissimmee River Pottery, we have built a community of people that not only want to create something amazing, but learn more about the art form and also learn from one another.