I have found glazing to be one of the most frustrating aspects of pottery – it’s so difficult to get consistent results, and it never turns out the way I think it will! I particularly struggle with the various techniques – dipping is quicker, but it requires a lot of glaze and I end up with a lot of drips and uneven application, while painting on the glaze takes three coats (with drying time in between), and even then, I can’t get an even application. Here are some of my early examples:
This bowl was dipped in Georgie’s Blizzard Blue – I like the color variation and wanted the more “rustic” look, and it’s a good thing, because even with dipping, I wasn’t able to get even coverage. This may be caused by the “toothy” clay I’m using and the fact that my bisque isn’t very smooth, which gives the glaze a lot of minute surfaces to get hung up on or to cling to.
This is a good example of my ongoing struggle to throw a symmetrical bowl that has a nicely distributed curve to its sides. The glaze is Amaco’s Celadon in color Sky – as you can see, even when I paint on three coats, I don’t get even distribution or a smooth finish. I like the “mottled” look, but it’s frustrating if I want an even color throughout.
The inside of this bowl was glazed with three coats of Georgie’s Wild Orchid – again, a very uneven look, which was three coats applied with a brush.
Finally, this bowl – one of my best shape-wise to date – was brushed with three coats of Spectrum Celadon in color Light Celadon Green. While I got more of an even finish, I noticed minute cracks in the surface on both the inside and outside of the bowl. I kind of like how it looks, but what if I didn’t want those cracks? It may be that I applied the glaze too thickly, and the cracks developed once the bowl was cooling after it fired, but this color is so light, that I felt like I needed three heavy coats to get any real appearance of color whatsoever.Pin It