Glazing

 

Glazing can be done at the greenware stage, however, it is most commonly done at the bisque stage. This is because the clay is then sturdy enough to be handled without worry of fragility, yet the clay is porous enough to absorb the glaze.

 

PREPERATION FOR GLAZING

 

            1.  All surfaces of bisqueware should be rinsed with water to remove dust and oil

     to allow the glaze to adhere better to the pot. 

 

2.  If using the dipping technique to glaze apply hot wax or liquid wax resist to the
     bottom of the pot.

 

METHODS OF GLAZE APPLICATION

 

            1.  Dip Glazing--This is the simplest.

                        - plunge project into glaze, remove and allow excess glaze to run off.

 

            2.  Pouring Glaze--(use thinner glaze for this method)

                        a.  pour glaze into the inside and turn as the glaze pours out.

                        b.  pour over exterior surface evenly

 

            3.  Brushing Glaze--(use full brush and work quickly)

                        -  brush on 3 to 4 coats of glaze over the entire surface evenly.

                                    Some glazes may require less or more coats

 

            4.  Spraying Glaze

                        -  By using a spray gun the glaze can be thinly and evenly applied to

                            the surface of the project.      Do not use glazes that are not recommended

    for spray application (crystal glazes). The spray gun could get clogged.