I’ve been playing around in the studio with clay the last few days. One thing that I haven’t figured out how to use yet are the glossy pottery glazes. From what I’ve read, if you apply it incorrectly, or in the wrong place, it will drip, and the glaze melts, and then solidifies, and adheres the piece to the Kiln Shelf. This is a major big deal, and I guess your shelf is totally wrecked, or you need to use a grinder to get it off, or something equally difficult.
I’ve been firing my pieces once, and then coloring them with acrylics. This works, and they look great, but they are not food safe. I’ve got a bowl that I made that I’d actually like to be food safe, so I bought some clear glaze, and I’m going to give that a try.
There are also flat colorants called underglazes, and for some reason, they DON’T stick to the kiln, but again, they aren’t food safe either.
I’ve got a swack of little jars of these underglazes, but I don’t have a clue if they fire to the color in the jar, or if the color is totally different, so I made a couple of color swatch sample pieces today.
These are all underglazes brushed onto unfired clay (greenware):
I have no idea what these ones are, or if they’re foodsafe. The colors are really hideous at the time of application.
I used Q-Tips to apply the samples of paint, and they just looked so cool, I couldn’t resist taking a pic.
I love love love love my studio…………..