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Hello! Welcome to my new blog series on glazing tips.
I’m starting with Duncan Renaissance Glazes. I love these glazes! I stumbled across them a while ago, I don’t remember when exactly, and I don’t remember how I found them, but I’m so glad I did. They’re user-friendly, they brush on so easy. I like glazes that are easy to use and consistent, and this glaze is one of them.
These glazes vary, depending on the thickness you use, whether it has texture or not, and how much texture it has. The more texture, the better it looks. Where you place it in the kiln, makes a difference also. Pieces placed at or near the bottom of the kiln are greener, darker and react more with the texture. The pieces at or near the top of the kiln are lighter and don’t usually have a rustic look. I also think it depends on the brushes you use as well.
I use fan brushes for most of my pieces. I use a small brush for the rims, edges and for detail work. For small pieces like ornaments, I use a small fan brush or a small brush, when I run out of clean fan brushes.
As you can see from the photo above, my bird ornament is lighter than my birdie bowl. It has less texture then the birdie bowl, there are several areas on the ornament that have no texture at all, verses the birdie bowl which is completely covered with texture and it was placed at the top of my kiln.
Before I start glazing, I apply wax resist on the bottom of my ornaments, and then I go up the sides just a little, so the glaze doesn’t go all the way to the bottom. I apply three light coats on the top only, and two light coats on the sides. I don’t want any drips or any ornaments sticking to my shelves. When I fire my ornaments. I place them on kiln stilts to raise them up off the shelf.
I apply wax resist to the bottoms of my birdie bowls. Then brush on three coats of glaze on the top, and bottoms except for a small area where the wax resist is. I have several sizes of fan brushes and usually use one of the smaller ones. Then I use a regular small brush for the edges.
As you can see from this photo, the green bird ornaments all look-alike for the most part. The butterflies look darker…they have more texture, and they were placed toward the bottom of my kiln.
This photo shows you the difference between a textured surface verses a non-textured surface and kiln placement. The small bowl at the top of the photo was placed at the bottom or near the bottom and has no texture. The leaf bowl was placed near the top of my kiln and has a little texture.
This is what the glaze looks like on my non-textured ruffle rim bowls. The bottoms were waxed with wax resist and then three coats were applied to the bottoms, inside and rims. They were placed near the bottom of my kiln.
This heart dish was glazed with three coats of glaze on the bottom and top, using a smaller fan brush, and three coats on the sides/edge with a small brush, after it was waxed, like the birdie bowls. This one looks like it was placed near or at the top of my kiln.
The green leaf magnets were glazed like my bird ornaments, three light coats on the top and two coats on the sides. They were fired toward the top of my kiln, see how light they are. The maple leaves were glazed with three coats and are usually placed in the middle of my kiln.
This is one of my handmade dinnerware collections called Lake House, formally known as Brooklawn Park. This glaze loves texture, it makes Lake House look fabulous!
Each piece is slightly different, and completely covered in texture.
I use a large fan brush on the plates and a medium size one for the bowls. They all have three coats of glaze on the bottom (except where I waxed with wax resist), and the top and I apply three coats on the rims with a small brush.
This is another one of my handmade dinnerware collections called Tropical Breeze. They’re glazed just like Lake House, three coats on all sides. But it looks different. The glaze pools in between the raised lines.
Vintage Cottage is another one of my handmade dinnerware collections. As you can see from the photo, the plates were fired near the bottom of the kiln and the bowl was fired near the top. The plates are more rustic looking. I love this glaze!
I hope this has been helpful.
I think part two will be – Vintage Blue
Thanks for stopping by, see you next time!
These are some of my new star bowls. I’ve been experimenting with different textures. They’ve been bisque fired, but I haven’t glazed them yet. But now they’ll have to wait until I set up my new workshop.
These are the first star bowls I made. They came out really nice. The blue one was glazed in…Vintage Blue by Duncan and the other one was gazed in…Rustic Mustard by Duncan. I love these glazes. They work so well with texture.
I love making star ornaments
These came out really cute. I make these in different sizes, even small ones for little tress. I think I’m going to make some for our tree.
These off white stars are really cute too. Now I have to decide…if I want the red ones, or the off white ones for our tree. Maybe I’ll just have some of each, that sounds good.
I think we’re going to need a tree in every room!
These stars make great gift tags too.
What color star ornament would you like on your tree?
I love making these ravens!
After making plates, platters, bowls or any other large item…I always have pieces of clay leftover. I like to use up as much clay as possible, so I make ornaments, pendants and rings with the scraps of clay. After I make those, I have even smaller scraps of clay leftover. So, I squish the clay together and roll it into little balls, put them in zip lock baggies, squirt some water inside and then zip it up until I’m ready to make ravens and little birds.
Aren’t they cute?
I think I’ll make some larger ones, next time!
Here’s a close-up view!
And coming soon…Raven Ornaments!
I can’t wait!
I love leaves, I don’t know why? I just do!
I like using scraps of clay to make leaves. It’s a great way to use up those bits of clay that you really can’t do anything else with.
Oak Leaf Magnets
Oak Leaf Ornaments in Indigo Blue
This is how I sign my pottery
Oak Leaf Ornaments with Text
A friend asked me if I could make these.
Thanks Patricia, it was a great idea!
I can’t wait to glaze these!
I really like these!
More new oak leaves, I call them fancy leaf ornaments.
I can’t wait to try out some glazes on these!
What do you think?
This is my kiln…Charlotte Skutt. Yes, I named my kiln, and I think it’s cute!
Here’s a little peek inside!
Usually I’m so busy loading my kiln, I forget to take photos. Then when I’m done, I remember. “Shoot, I should have taken photos!” Then one day, I finally remembered, and I’m so glad I did!
Hopefully I’ll remember to take photos more often.
Bottom row done, on to the next row.
Pieces ready to load.
I start with the largest items first.
The next row is done.
More goodies ready to load.
I had a lot of ornaments in this load.
One more row, and then I’m done.
Had some room for some test tiles.
Time to fire it up!
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.
I love making birdie bowls and bird ornaments!
I wish I could make some right now, but I can’t! I’ll have to wait until we move. My fingers are itching to dig into a bag of clay and make something cute, or pretty, functional or non-functional…I don’t care, I just want to feel the clay in my hands. I want to touch it, squish it through my fingers, smell it…I like the smell of clay. Everyday I go into my workshop, and force myself not to make something. I look at all the pieces that are ready to be glazed, and then I have to leave. I know I have to start packing, but I’m procrastinating. I’m not sure if I’m ready to say goodbye to my workshop.
But then, another part of me can’t wait to move. I’m looking forward to starting over…in a new place, a new state, a new town, a new house, a new workshop. Everything new and clean and wonderful!
And then I remember I have to leave three of my children behind, and my three little granddaughters. That’s not going to be easy, but I have to. If only we could all go. Maybe someday we’ll all be together again…I hope!
They are really cute, don’t you think?
Don’t mind the mess, I’ll be busy re-listing expired items and updating my shop!
Come on by and have a look around.
See you there!
This is the perfect time of year to do a blog post about another one of my favorite Potters Choice glazes…
Deep Sienna Speckle
I’m not very patient when it comes to trying out a new glaze. I don’t like waiting to try it out on some test tiles, so I use small items like these leaf pendants. Test tiles are not only a waste of my time, they also take up much-needed space in my workshop, and then I can’t do anything with them. When I use something small to test a glaze and it comes out great, I can sell it! If not…no big deal!
Then I try it out on something a little bit larger, like my super cute bird ornaments. I love these birds!
And these really cute mittens! This glaze is always consistent. I’ve never had a problem with it. I love glazes like this!
Then I try it out on something a little larger with a bowl like shape to it, so I can see how the glaze works on something that’s not flat. Like my little heart dishes. It came out great! And because it’s a transparent glaze, it’s great with texture.
Oh, before I forget…everything so far has been glazed on B-Mix 5 clay.
These heart dishes are so cute!
Now I’m ready to try it out on some of my maple leaves.
This glaze looks great on my leaves. I love it!
They were made with B-Mix 5 clay also.
Now it’s time for some bowls.
These moon bowls were made with #50 stoneware clay. The color is a little darker, but it still looks great! I love the rough rustic look of these bowls.
These bowls were made with B-Mix 5, and no texture. It looks great with texture and without. It’s easy to brush on, which I really like. And it’s reliable and consistent…what more could you ask for!
This bowl came out nice.
I love the way this flower bowl came out! Doesn’t it look great?
I used #50 stoneware clay for this bowl. It’s a buff colored clay after firing with speckles in it. The glaze usually comes out a little darker than if it had been glazed on B-Mix.
Now it’s time to try it out on some plates with no texture.
I love it, I need to make more of these.
I love how this glaze shows every little detail of this texture. It looks amazing!
*Please note: When firing this glaze, fire it with speckle glazes only, like Deep Firebrick or Deep Olive Speckle. The specks fly around in the kiln atmosphere and will go on your other glazes. I always fire these glazes separate from my other glazes.
Hmmm…what should I try it on next?