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Brushing Glaze Smoothly

20 March 2015 - 11:32 PM

I usually spray on glazes. Recently, I made some shapes much too complicated and restricted to get even an airbrush in position to spray. The only alternative I can see is brushing on glazes.  However, my glaze brushing looks like a four-year-olds fingerpainting. Can someone explain how to get very nice smooth glaze application with a brush, or point me to an article that lays it out.

What Grit For Diamond Pot Bottom Smoother

12 March 2015 - 01:42 PM

I'm about to build a  10 inch diamond grinder to smooth the bottoms of my pots. It will have continuous water flow over the disk. What grit would you recommend?

Sarah Hillman Glazing

09 March 2015 - 11:04 PM

I love some of Sarah Hillman's pots, http://www.sarahhillmanceramics.com/  .I would like to try making some stuff like that, but I don't understand how she gets such a sharp edge between the inside and outside glaze. Can anyone explain how one does this?

Stephen Hill's Watercolor Green Pitting

15 February 2015 - 02:13 PM

From time to time I'm having problems with Stephen Hill's watercolor green pitting. It's not as bad when I put it over SCM.  Sometimes it's just fine. In all cases, I'm using G mix 6 w/ grog Fired to cone 6. All the results are from the same small batch of glaze.


This is the formula that I'm using


Water Color Green (Cone 6)



Custer ...         47.8 

Silica ...          16.9

Lithium Carb ... 4.0

Frit 3124 ...      5.0

Whiting ...       16.0

Strontium Carb ... 7.5

Bentonite ...      2.9

Copper Carb ... 8.0




As a side note, on one pot the pitting actually looked pretty cool since it was very evenly distributed and the color was darker around each pit. Not what I would have planned but an interesting result.

Coating For Bottom Of Pots

15 February 2015 - 11:58 AM

Even though after I grind the bottom of my pots they feel very smooth, it makes me nervous to put them on fine furniture for fear of causing scratches if they are moved. I sometimes put those little stick on felt dots on the the bottoms, but I would rather have some kind of a coating I can paint on that will make sure there's no abrasiveness. 


I've never had a problem with causing scratches and I'd like to keep it that way.