In this segment, we will be tackling the Dry and Liquid Ceramic Glazes.
For all of you who doesn’t know what Ceramic Glazes means, here is a short description. Ceramic glaze is an impervious layer or coating of a vitreous substance which has been fused to a ceramic body through firing. Glaze can serve to color, decorate or waterproof an item.
Liquid Glaze: You can buy commercial ceramic glazes and underglazes in liquid kind which are commonly used for brushing. All you have to use is brush in the ceramic glaze. Some ceramic glazes are hard to brush on smoothly. As a result, you will see some brush marks. Others will melt enough to erase the brush marks.
Dry: Purchase the commercial ceramic glazes in dry form, which are created for dipping, pouring, or spraying. In addition to brush, you will require a pail, some water, something to stir with, and a mask to avoid breathing the dust. The benefit of dipping is that you get a more even coating of ceramic glaze, and you can do interesting things you cannot do with a brush, such as double dip to obtain different colors on the same piece. Spraying is done by advanced individuals because it needs excellent ventilation, a weapon, a compressor, a cubicle, etc
Make your own: This is the most sophisticated type of glazing. Using glaze dishes, you have to buy the materials and mix them yourself. On top of that, you will need glaze recipes which may be taken from lots of books and website. You also require the chemicals which make up your glaze, a sieve, a scale and a character which allows experimentation. Sometimes your glazes won’t end up rather right. You will have to discover how to customize those glazes to fix whatever problem you’re having. Other times they will be stunning.
Remember: Some individuals think their way of doing ceramics is the only method. Whether it’s high fire vs. little fire, forming the pieces vs. embellishing them, utilizing industrial glazes vs. making your very own. Do not let these folks discourage you. These are all legitimate techniques; it only depends on what you like to do. Do all of them, and you will find, learn and then experiment which methods you like and the best way to represent you. So take something at a time and only give it a shot!
On the next Article, we’ll discuss different shooting approaches, their benefits, and disadvantages. This includes Raku, Oxidation, and Reduction Firing, in gas and electrical kilns.