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#1 Newby



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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:32 PM

Hi All,

I'm new to the world of pottery and have only recently mastered throwing pots, bowls and plates on my wheel. Now that I have that down, I'm working on learning the in's and out's of glazing. There is a lot to learn! Anyway, I have an idea as to what I want to achieve and will be using low fire clay to make a series of bowls. I love the look of 12th century pieces as they look today and would like to achieve the same look. The problem is, I have not found any instruction on how to achieve the look I want. Can anyone offer some suggestions on what type of glaze to use and generally how to achieve the look of the piece below.........thanks in advance.

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#2 neilestrick


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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:29 PM

Try underglazes, with a lightly colored glaze on top. Some of my students are making work like this using stencils to apply the underglaze.

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#3 bciskepottery


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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:59 PM

I am guessing the artwork/decoration was done with red iron oxide, either applied under a glaze (maybe a clear or white) or brushed over the glaze prior to firing. If you are looking to simulate the "distressed" or aged look of the bowl, you might want to experiment with different strengths of a red iron oxide wash or sponging the decoration off in some parts after its been applied.

#4 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:26 AM

I believe that is a tin glazed piece with an early luster glaze on it ...worn off. That would be 12th century Middle eastern, North African or Spanish.
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