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Member Since 06 Jun 2013
Offline Last Active Dec 16 2013 08:03 AM

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In Topic: Firing Greenware In A Glaze Firing?

15 December 2013 - 06:46 PM

Thank you for the tips, Irene and Norm! Very thorough advice that will be well heeded.
And Norm, regarding your comment about bisque firing temps: I fire at ^08 because its how I learned in school. I haven't had my own studio for long, so I am still stuck in this steep learning curve- always so much to learn in this field. I HAVE been having issues with pin-holing and crazing.... Perhaps I need to be bisquing at a higher temp?! Thank you for the advice.

In Topic: Firing Greenware In A Glaze Firing?

12 December 2013 - 10:04 AM

Thank you!!! Great news!

In Topic: Underglaze vs. slip vs. mason stains?

11 June 2013 - 06:50 PM

The short answer is YES, the Jet Black Amaco underglaze can be used for your purposes at almost any stage.
If you want the carving to be deep, you can apply it at any wet stage then carve through it when you have time. At most stages before dry, the incised designs will be deeper, crisper and more controllable.
If the clay seems too dry, lightly spray with water then apply another coat of underglaze ... this will moisten the surface a bit so you can work on it.
You can also apply underglaze to dry clay, bisque fired clay, totally fired clay ... then carve your surface designs. I used to buy pre fired, glazed tiles and do this with great success.
I have even mixed up a slip in the blender and poured in some underglaze for color ... then used that slip.
Underglazes are probably the most flexible, user friendly product around.


Thank you so very much for taking the time to give such a thoughtful reply! What a wonderful resource and online community this is, thanks to people like you :). Looks like underglaze is to be the sure winner!