While applying one single glaze to a piece can be lovely, there are some effects that come only from certain glaze combinations layered on top of each other. But you should follow some simple guidelines when layering glazes to have success.
In today’s post, an excerpt from Amazing Glaze, which has just arrived in the Ceramic Arts Network Shop, Gabriel Kline shares his best advice for layering glaze combinations. He also shares three glaze recipes and instructions for layering them to get what he calls the “Oasis” effect. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.
Before we dive in, here are some general guidelines for layering:
- Layering multiple glazes will build up increasing amounts of glaze on your pot. If the glaze is too thick, it will eventually begin to crack and fall off the work. Use a lower specific gravity on the second and third layers, submerge the piece in glaze for a shorter period of time, or use brushing or spraying to apply thinner coats.
- Always let glazes dry between coats. In some cases, you may need to use a fan to dry the work, or leave it out overnight. Make sure you give the last coat of glaze time to dry before loading pieces into the kiln as well.
- Dip entire pot in Odyssey White Gloss.
- Dip top third in Chun Celadon.
- Dip Strontium Crystal Magic at rim.