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Trying out new glazing techniques is always exciting because you don’t know quite where you’ll end up -- even a mistake could hold a pleasant surprise! If you’d like to try something new, then one or all of these great glazing techniques may be just what you need. In Five Great Ceramic Glazing Techniques: From Crystals to Majolica (Maiolica), a Guide to Beautiful Glaze Surfaces, you'll find five terrific articles to give you some new ideas in the studio.

These five glazing techniques are as varied as their origins. Majolica (also spelled maiolica) originates from the Mediterranean and is the techniques of applying color on top of a glaze; Joanna Demaine brings us up to date with contemporary luster glazing techniques; and crystalline glazes originated in Europe and require specific glazes and firing conditions. Whether you’re looking for a fresh look or looking to see what you can do with a new glazing technique, you’ll find your answers in these five great approaches.

Five Great Ceramic Glazing Techniques: From Crystals to Majolica (Maiolica), a Guide to Beautiful Glaze Surfaces includes the following:

Layering Pottery Glaze Techniques

by Emily Donahoe

Sarah Jaeger is a fan of color. Here, we share her glazing process and a few of her glaze recipes. It all begins with the pot itself. Making a form that gives you glaze design ideas can jumpstart your creative process. Then comes the surface: from planning a design on the glazed surface of a pot to applying slip trailing designs, wax resist, and washes of color, Jaeger brings it all together in a joyful result.

Gold Luster and Beyond: Luster Glazes for Pottery

by Joanna Demaine

Luster glaze pottery has a metallic sheen on the surface that resembles a thin layer of oil on water. The effect is created by using a resinate luster, or luster overglaze. As the name implies, this solution of metallic salts in organic binders goes on over the glaze after the glaze firing and is then refired. In this article, Joanna Demaine demonstrates how to use lusters and gives important safety tips as well!

The Mystery of Crystalline Glazes

by William Schran

Crystalline glazes are among the most admired in ceramics. The fact that these crystals “grow” in the kiln seems a bit of a mystery to most, but to William Schran it was a mystery he had to figure out. Once achievable only at high-fire temperatures, Bill demonstrates how you can get elegant crystals at cone 6 using a programmable or manual electric kiln. He includes his recipes and his firing programs so you’ll achieve success.

Pouring Glazes for Pattern

by Sam Scott

Sam Scott was experimenting with glazing and brushwork techniques, when he discovered that if he poured glazes over select areas, he could get some cool patterns. He developed a black glaze to contrast with the white porcelain he was using and he knew he was on to something. Here he shares his poured glazing technique.

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