Video of the Week: How to Do a Triaxial Blend to Test Pottery Glazes

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A triaxial blend is an excellent tool for learning about glazes and materials but if you’re new to glaze testing, just the words “triaxial blend” might give you pause.

Never fear! John Britt is here to demystify the triaxial blend in today’s video post. In this clip, John clearly explains how a triaxial blend is set up and shows a fired example of a triaxial blend with stains, which nails the point home. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.



To learn more about John Britt or to see more images of his work, please visit www.johnbrittpottery.com.

Comments
  • This live demo is so much more appealing and informative than text.

  • This live demo is so much more appealing and informative than text.

  • I bought the John Britt dvd download “Understanding Glazes: How to Test, Tweak, & Perfect Your Glazes”, last week (which is where this excerpt comes from) and it is amazing. It contains an incredible wealth of information and he explains glaze testing in an understandable way. It even contains pdf’s of recipes, oxide information, etc. He also includes color blend and progression assignments…like homework assignments! He makes glaze chemistry understandable, and not so scary.
    Paula

  • I bought the John Britt dvd download “Understanding Glazes: How to Test, Tweak, & Perfect Your Glazes”, last week (which is where this excerpt comes from) and it is amazing. It contains an incredible wealth of information and he explains glaze testing in an understandable way. It even contains pdf’s of recipes, oxide information, etc. He also includes color blend and progression assignments…like homework assignments! He makes glaze chemistry understandable, and not so scary.
    Paula

  • Wow this looks like such a cool experiement and a great resource! Could you take three premixed glazes and do a triaxial using them? Rachelle

  • Wow this looks like such a cool experiement and a great resource! Could you take three premixed glazes and do a triaxial using them? Rachelle

  • I want to try to do this, but how much clear glaze do I mix the stains with? I’m working with a premixed clear gloss glaze.
    Obviously , I’m new to this.

  • I want to try to do this, but how much clear glaze do I mix the stains with? I’m working with a premixed clear gloss glaze.
    Obviously , I’m new to this.

  • I wanted to try this triaxial blend but not sure how many grams of the base glaze are in each cup. I figured 100 grams. Then im confused about the amounts of mason stains would i have to do 100 grams in total of mason stains a b and c or the 4 grams like it says? Please help!!! I really want to try this!

  • I wanted to try this triaxial blend but not sure how many grams of the base glaze are in each cup. I figured 100 grams. Then im confused about the amounts of mason stains would i have to do 100 grams in total of mason stains a b and c or the 4 grams like it says? Please help!!! I really want to try this!

  • Fantastic explanation!!I wish I could learn more from him.

  • Fantastic explanation!!I wish I could learn more from him.

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