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Hunt For Perfect Turquoise Glaze

07 May 2016 - 12:50 PM

I've been hunting for a cone 5/6 or even a cone 06 turquoise that is fairly opaque, satin or shiny ,and food safe. Everything I have found is either transparent, or too green, or not food safe etc. Recipe or ready made is fine :)

The photo shown is PERFECT, but a secret.

Thanks !


Trouble With Red

25 March 2016 - 04:07 PM

To achieve the colors and detail I want in my non functional work I usually use earthenware clay, BUT for mugs I feel like I need to use 5/6 stoneware so that they are durable. With stoneware,I paint with underglaze on greenware then bisque at 06 , and then apply clear glaze and fire to cone 5.  Amaco velvet bright red is giving me fits ! I am using Amaco Sahara H-9 clear dipping glaze. All of the colors are fine except red which is going milky. I know milky usually means glaze is too thick, but some mug handles were a bit on the dry side after firing  which tells me the glaze was not thick enough or I did not submerge long enough. After the dryish handles I held in the glaze for count of 3 instead of count of 2 and everything was perfect except red. I'm about to say to hell with stoneware, or at least red underglaze..........but I love red :)

here are some photos........it was hard to get a great picture so I hope you can see what I mean.

Amaco Velvet U.g.

07 February 2016 - 01:35 PM

Not sure if this question should be here or in glaze chemistry.  I usually use Amaco Velvets on my stoneware greenware, then bisque and glaze fire. When there are small touch ups needed after bisque, I can usually do the touch up and go ahead with glaze, however if the touch up is large, such as when a large space needs a whole new coat of u.g., then  I usually re bisque because the glaze absorbs different;y on the new application. 


Recently I had a whole kiln load to touch up so I did a hardening on after bisque but before glaze firing at cone 022.  However I forgot to take out the electric kiln's bungs. Many colors went VERY UGLY ! I am not sure  if the reason is oxygen starvation of just not reaching a mature temperature??




Is There A Name For This Glaze Technique

29 January 2016 - 11:13 PM

I've been noticing this glazing technique in some pottery on Pinterest ,( both modern and antique pieces ) and wondered what it was called. It seems that the lines must be done with a resist, so I tried some wax in a squeeze bottle but could not get a consistent line width. Anybody know about this technique? 

Finishes For Ceramic Sculpture

01 January 2016 - 11:39 AM

I am looking for rich color but not shine for my figurative sculptures. I saw exactly the finish I want done with matt China paints on porcelain where the high lights were achieved by rubbing off some of the color before it set up. I am a little reluctant to jump into a whole new inventory of expensive supplies, especially since my sculptures would use significant amount of expensive China paint........Wondering if I can achieve the look with oil paint ? In the piece in the photo I used Amaco Velvet underglaze and the bowl portion was glazed. Sometime I use oxides and underglaze......and my results are almost what I want. I'm also wondering about clear wax over underglaze to give just a bit more depth to the finish.....but which wax ? I know I just need to keep experimenting, but wondered if anyone else had already tried alternate finishes ? Back 20 years ago in school we used actual bronze powder mixed with who knows what medium? I'm not usually wanting that finish now, as I prefer multi colors, but It would be nice to re-learn how to do it for some pieces. Any of you more experienced artists out there have ideas ?