It is so amazing to be a ceramic or pottery artist, even in the face of several challenges involved in the art. The fact remains that there are some challenges in the ceramic process like poor glazing application. Glazing has the potential to break or make your pot, depending on your method of application.
When textured elements are involved in order to achieve complex forms on the pot, it is better to pour, dip and brush so that you’ll get your desired color. Brushing involves more practice than dipping and pouring. However, it is important to note that when a bisque pot is too soaked with water, it won’t accept glaze correctly, so water should be minimal, including when making corrections.
Well, to get a better outcome in every ceramic process, this article has 10 glazing tips that can make you a master in ceramics making.
If you are ready, let’s begin…
1). It is often advised to keep your pots clean after bisque firing. This is so because oils from your hands can create some resist spots where glaze were unevenly touched. Throughout the glazing process such as filling and receiving from the kiln, handle the bisque ware with clean gloves.
2). Remove any form of dust from bisque, whether it is bisque dust, household or even studio dust. You need to do this in a well -ventilated area because bisque dust is not good for the lungs.
3). Silicon carbide paper can greatly help in removing rough spots which was missed before firing. Place your ware on a piece of foam so it does not chip then, wipe with a wet sponge to finally remove any trace of dust.
4). It is important that glazes are well mixed. In case there is dry glaze encrusted on the corners of the bucket, filter the glaze and put it back in a clean bucket.
5). You can glaze every interior part of your pots by pouring the glaze in. for complex pieces which requires series of glazing steps, you need to glaze the interior on the previous day in order to achieve a drier surface that you can possibly work with, especially if it needs brushing.
6). When getting rid of glaze-rubble, you need to scrape off as much as you can, using a small flat metal tool in order to maintain a sharp line. Thereafter, use a wet sponge to remove any visible glaze with just few strokes, while using little quantity of water.
7). To use dipping glazes, select a container which has an appropriate size for the task at hand. You can always find lots of shallow bowls that can fit for the dipping of your pieces. In fact, shallow bowls that are wide can let you see what you’re doing.
8). Perhaps you can’t dip, then you’ll have to brush. Please, note bisque is wet and glossy when first applied, then becomes matt as the bisque soaks the water. This is the reason you need to watch your bisque while you brush.
9). Avoid brushing glaze from the big glaze bucket. Rather, pour a little quantity into a cup, then quickly stir it to ensure that it remains properly mixed. Also, keep a large moist sponge close in order to always ensure the brush handle is clean. This is because some glaze begins to drip from the brush handle.
10). If the pot you glaze don’t have any foot, apply a piece of 220-grit silicon carbide sandpaper to remove visible glaze from the conspicuous areas.
If you adhere to these tips, you’ll certainly get better outcome in ceramics making.