Glazing Techniques

In Glazing Techniques you’ll discover how dozens of talented artists approach glazing using a variety of techniques, materials and firing ranges to achieve stunning surfaces that are sure to inspire your work. This book provides step-by-step details on...(Scroll for more.)

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Softcover | 136 Pages
Order code B145 | ISBN 978-1-57498-343-2


…materials, preparing your work, resists, layering, lusters, underglazes, majolica, china paint, stencils, spraying, pouring, and more. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, this book gives you the expert information and instructions you need to apply stunning glazed surfaces you for as long as you enjoy clay.

Basic Techniques & Tools

Creating the right glazed surface for your ceramic pieces is much easier when you have sound information to begin with, and these expert professional artists provide instructions on both tools and techniques for making successful surfaces. Learn how to get more out of your commercial glazes with Deanna Ranlett’s insightful research on layering ready-to-use glazes. Annie Chrietzberg demonstrates how to prepare your pots and apply glazes for the best results. David Gamble shows you how to make your own brushes while brush expert Michael Harbridge describes how different brushes provide different effects.If you’ve ever considered spraying glazes, Roger Graham and Kathy Chamberlain cover both equipment and techniques to get you started. In addition, you’ll find valuable information on how different resists work and how to make a glaze drip pan for your potters’ wheel.

Graphic Pattern & Imagery

One of the most interesting things clay and other ceramic material can do is preserve graphic information. You’ll find instructions on classic techniques like majolica and Pennsylvania redware slip-trailing, as well as how to get great effects from a variety of stenciling and image-transfer techniques.If you’re looking for a simple way to add interest to your glazed surfaces, try out Frank James Fisher’s technique for creating glaze patterns using three methods—direct contact, stenciling and transfer. By selecting any two glazes, the color combinations are endless. And the same is true using Sam Scott’s poured decoration technique, although his choice of pouring a black glaze over a white surface makes for a highly contrasting effect.

Creating layers & Depth

Rather than relying on a single material, technique, or glaze to create interesting surfaces, ceramic artists have for decades combined and layered glazes and other decorating techniques. Marty Fielding takes a bit of a minimalist approach, resulting in surfaces that enhance the form, while Adero Willard’s glazing technique provides a glimpse into how to apply multiple techniques in layers to achieve a very engaging and active surface. In one body of work, Kari Radasch takes advantage of heat and gravity in the kiln to create movement and depth, while Scott Ziegler relies on painstakingly building up layers of slip to make graphic surfaces with both tactile and visual depth.

Specialized Techniques

From working with specific materials to mastering a process, it could be said that all ceramic surfaces require specialized techniques, but this section focuses on very particular approaches that are unique even within ceramics. Little known to many potters is the use of soluble salts to attain a subdued glazed surface. Soluble salts, unlike oxides and stains, dissolve completely in water and when brushed on top of a glaze, and absorb into the surface. Diane Chin Lui explores scores of combinations that soluble salts can provide. And to add a touch of elegance, Jonathan Kaplan tells how Barbara Davis Schwartz effectively uses metallic lusters and a marbleizing technique. To illustrate how you can further enhance a surface after the final firing, Magda Gluszek applies paints and glues on accents to her sculptures, while Philippe Farault gives his sculptures an aged patina by applying wax mixed with ball clay.

Many Options

When it comes to glazing a ceramic surface we have many options, and Glazing Techniques covers a wide range of possibilities. You’ll quickly discover that many of the techniques in this book can be adapted to any temperature range, and that many of them can be added to your current tool set. Today we have ready access to electric kilns and more easily controlled firings, as well as hundreds of glazes, underglazes, stains and tools that are ready to use. If you’re looking for more ways to creatively incorporate a variety of materials into your repertoire, then Glazing Techniques will be both instructional and inspirational in your pursuit of a better glazed surface.

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