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How to Glaze Pottery : Clay Pottery Color & Waxing Tips

How to Glaze Pottery : Clay Pottery Color & Waxing Tips


So before you start glazing your pieces, you
want to gather together everything that you’re going to glaze. I would normally have a whole
table full here, but for purposes of demonstration, I’ve just got a few items. And if you have
a whole bunch of items to glaze at once, it’s really important to label what color you intend
for your items to be. So what I do, my colors all have names. For example, if I want to
do this bowl in Dawn, I’m going to write DN on the bottom of that bowl. I’ve written it
in a graphite pencil and this will burn completely off in the glaze firing. You won’t see any
evidence of that when this is done. But it will help me after I wax, to separate my pots
on the table into the different colors so that I can do all of one color at one time
before I move on to the next color. Now the waxing is incredibly important, so you need
to have a hot wax pan or you can use wax resist, which comes in a bottle. Either is fine, however,
hot wax is a lot easier to use. You do want to have a window or a door open because you
do need ventilation. And in order to keep this wax at a lower melting temperature, it’s
just regular paraffin wax, add a little bit of baby oil to it and that will lower the
melting point and make it easier to spread.

Comments (1)

  1. What is the "hot wax pan"? Where would someone buy one of those?

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