Using the Transfer Method to Create Interesting Glaze Patterns on Pottery


Glaze application methods are as infinite as our imagination. Nearly every item around the studio or house has the potential to be a glaze applicator. It just takes a little imagination to see the potential, and experimenting is key to discovering new ideas. In today’s post, Frank James Fisher demonstrates a cool transfer technique utilizing something we all have around the studio. What variations on this technique can you come up with? – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.

Applying Glazes Using the Transfer Approach

transfer_1-3The transfer approach involves selecting a textured object, applying glaze to its raised surface and printing the texture onto the ceramic surface.

Any object that has a distinct texture can be used. The glaze is rolled onto the object. The image is transferred by pressing the glazed object against the pot’s surface. Bubble wrap (used for shipping) became the transferred texture for this demonstration. The resulting starlike shapes wrap around the surface to form a unique glaze pattern.

Tons of inspiring ideas and techniques!

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By using everyday objects for these glazing techniques, an entire new world of glaze marks and patterns awaits discovery.



**First published in 2014
  • Jennifer H.

    The issues that we had earlier are fixed, folks! Enjoy!

  • Marna M.

    Same issues….Mary, I took my screen to 200% and could read the text under the pictures….just in case they don’t fix this!

  • James D.

    The link to Three Great Ceramic Glazing Techniques did not work. Got a 404 error.

  • Mary S.

    Can you fix the first set of images so we can enlarge them? They are hard to see and read. (or is it just me?)

    Looks like a really fun technique. Thanks for the idea.

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