Glazes

Halloween

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Glazes, Holiday | 0 comments

Sometimes inspiration comes from unexpected sources.  Julie and I purchased a glaze sampler set and among the colors was one that I called ‘toxic orange’.  What else could be done but make...

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We Won!

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Crackle, Glazes | 9 comments

We are so excited because we won first place in the 2012 Coyote Glaze Competition.  We submitted several entries but it was our crackle teapot that was selected! Coyote Glazes hosts a yearly competition  for potters who use their glazes.  In addition to winning first place, we will also be featured in their advertising campaign! We are constantly testing glaze combinations and various applications on our pots.  So it is a great compliment to have been selected by Coyote Glazes. Check out the Coyote website to see our teapot and the other...

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Commercial Glazes – Pints

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Glazes, How-to | 0 comments

For the most part, I use commercial glazes purchased in a dry state which I hydrate and sieve.  However, I also buy glazes in liquid form (usually in pints). There are a lot of great commercial glazes and almost all of them are available as liquid in pints.  Pints are cost efficient because they allow you to test a glaze prior to purchasing a larger amount.  They are also excellent for supplementing a color palette (like at a community studio).  I buy pints of glazes for colors that I don’t use frequently or for colors that are too expensive to use in large amounts.  Pints are also space efficient since because you can store several glazes in a small space; and, they are portable which is critical if you do most of your glazing remotely (like in a community studio). If you buy a pint, it is most likely that you will brush the glaze onto the pot.  Although the glazes are liquid, they may need some attention prior to using.  The ‘right’ glaze consistency is smooth and flow-able and results in the coverage that you want.  Unfortunately, for those of us who like to quantify things, this is a judgement call.  Don’t be afraid to adjust the glazes to suit your application style. Some glazes settle quickly or may have settled since they were shipped.  Other glazes may be too think for brushing or ‘lumpy’.  Glazes in these conditions need additional water and/or sieving. The first thing to do is shake and stir the glaze.  If this doesn’t result is improved viscosity, add  a little water and stir and shake the glaze pint again.  The glaze is at the appropriate viscosity when it is flow-able enough for you to work with in a way that is comfortable to you and coats the pot adequately. If the glaze still doesn’t look smooth, then sieving can help improve performance.  Sieves come in various sizes – typically 60, 80, 100, and 120 mesh.  The larger the number, the smaller the holes (sort of like thread count for bed sheets).  If you have a very lumpy glaze, you may need to sieve progressively.  Sieve with the lowest mesh first (60) then sieve the glaze again with a higher mesh (80).  I sieve most pints one time with an 80 mesh and that seems to be sufficient.  Pottery Supply House sells sieves that are fitted for wide-mouth pints at a very reasonable price. Stir and shake the pint, then pour the glaze through a sieve.  You will need to stir the glaze to move it through the sieve.  If the glaze is too thick, add a little water.  If you add too much water and the glaze becomes too thin, let the glaze settle for a few hours or days, then decant some of the water off the glaze.  Stir and shake the pint and sieve again if necessary. If the glaze dries out, it can be rehydrated.  In fact, if a glaze is partially dried out, it is best to allow it to dry out completely.  Just leave off the cap until all the water evaporates.  Then, add water to the dry glaze, allow to hydrate then sieve it. Pints of glazes are an economical solution to expanding your color palette and with a little adjustment, you can make using them more...

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Multi-purpose Pot

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Chip and dip, Crackle | 2 comments

Chips and Salsa Veggies and Dip Cookies and...

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Trade-Up Policy

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in About Me, Glazes, Mugs, Multiples | 6 comments

When I first started making pottery, I chucked most of my pots.  In fact, it was quite a while before I kept anything (I am not sentimental).  I held no delusions about the quality of pot I was capable of making.  It is the same for all potters.  In the beginning, your pots look like a 3rd grader made them. But after a lot of practice, my pots improved.  Mind you, they weren’t good, but they were better.  But I didn’t keep many and certainly didn’t consider giving them away for quite some time. After several months of throwing, I finally had a some pots that were keepable and a few that were givable.  So I gave a mug to my soul-friend, Sharon.  She still has it – she says it represents all that I have accomplished.  (She is certainly one of my biggest fans). As my throwing skills improved, so did my confidence.  I embarked on a 50-Mugs project which meant I had a plethora of mugs that I began to share.  Although the mugs I gave away were my best work at that time, my mugs have improved a lot technically and aesthetically since then.  So I tell anyone that has a pot I gave them that I have a standing trade-up policy.  I will happily replace any old pot for a new pot of their choice – believe me, the new pots are much better. The thing is, no one has taken up my offer yet.  In fact most of them tell me how much they like the pots I have given them.  But the policy is there should they ever change their...

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Liberating Multiples

Posted by on Sep 5, 2011 in About Me, Casserole, Multiples, Spring Snow | 2 comments

I have the pleasure of teaching pottery classes at a local art center.  And, it is typical for the potters taking the class to want to make a pot for some one special.  I often wonder if the recipients of the pots know how much care and thought go into making these gifts. The potters focus diligently on making a pot worthy of giving to a friend – sometimes to the point of debilitation.   This is where multiples liberate me. I love to make pots for some one in particular.  But,  I don’t typically sit down to make a pot for a friend.  Rather, if I decide I want to give my friend a mug (for example), I begin a series of mugs, all the while thinking about her, her colors, her coffee cravings, etc.  And, I also spend time praying for her as I cycle through the mugs.  After I finish the series, I select the best mug, which is the mug that I give.  Making a series helps alleviate the pressure to make the perfect pot and it increases the likelihood that I will make one worthy of my friend....

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