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White Engobe

White Engobe

Firing temperature : Cone 06-02 | Surface texture : glossy to satin | Color : white | Atmosphere: Oxidation

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Instructions

CMC gum measured in mL. For a 5 kg batch, add 500 mL CMC Gum.

I rarely add colorants directly to my engobe because they are required in quite large percentages to really have good effect. Instead, I build up a surface that is white and then add a final layer or two of a color by applying underglazes (homemade, Amaco Velvet series, and Laguna underglazes). At times, mixing underglaze and the engobe before application has worked quite nicely.

I typically apply this engobe by spraying, though it can be brushed on as well. I tend to mix to a consistency of thick cream, or even a bit thicker. I find it can be applied at all stages, from leather hard to bisqueware, which is one of the things I like most about it.

This recipe was shared by Toni Losey in the May 2020 issue of Ceramics Monthly.

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