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#1 synj00

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 10:41 AM

I've made up a batch of textured bonsai accent pots and am wondering the best way to glaze these. Most folks like the earthy colors and unglazed but I want to give some sort of subtle pop to these. I will try some iron oxide by itself and work it into the nooks and crannies and see how it goes. Most of them look like crap so I'll definitely be doing some experimentation with a variety of methods and glazes and will eventually answer my own question. Just wondering but if anyone has any tips on glazing with the really rough stonelike texture? Spraying is not an option unfortunately.

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#2 Bob Coyle

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 10:47 AM

Easiest way to get texture and interest is to just dip the pot in glaze, let it dry, and sponge off the high points so that some of the raw clay shows through. You can also accent the high points by sponging on slips and oxides. kind of dab them on after you sponge of the glaze. There are all sorts of combinations of slip, oxides and glazes that can be applied in sequence. Have some fun and experiment around.



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:15 AM

I was going to suggest the exact same thing Bob did.  Dip, or brush on a glaze or oxide stain everywhere, then wipe across with a damp sponge, to remove the glaze in the high points.  

I have found, that along with underglaze, it can give the work a nice aged look.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 08:12 PM

great texture synj00

as above or you could play with hot or liquid wax.

How are you firing? Raku?



#5 Mark McCombs

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 09:20 PM

I think the pot may look just fine unglazed.  :)

 

Great texture there.  What colour is the clay body when fired to maturity?


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#6 synj00

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 03:32 PM

Firing it in cone6 oxidation. Its a tan speckled discount clay. I used some of the suggestions and wiped off some of the higher areas and it looks rough and AMAZING! Just what I was hoping for. I'll post results later. I did some iron oxide experiments but I forgot to do the dip and wipe technique with it! Next batch I guess. Thanks for the tips and inspiration everyone!


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 12:26 PM

I wanted to share some of my results from the suggestions given. Thanks to all!! It worked out wonderfully!

 

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 01:54 PM

very beautiful great work.



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Posted 16 July 2014 - 01:20 PM

a glaze that is known to run and break well, especially if it breaks in a nice contrasting color works well for high texture.  You just have to be carefull that the glaze isnt so thick that it just fills all the texture. (especially true if its fine texture)

 

We have been playing with waterfall brown lately trying to get it to work the way we want.






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