Create Cool Effects With Flowing Glazes

We’ve stocked a new type of glaze at Your Creation Station called Magic Flow.  The glazes create the effect you would see on a piece of ash glazed pottery, with rivulets of glaze running down the pot.  To demonstrate how it the glaze looks we’re going to use a combination of glazes and underglazes to finish a thrown cup.

Assemble the Materials
In addition to our bisque cup, we’ll need some CN -313 (Light Olive), CY-104 (Mediterranean Olive) and MF-46 (Olive).  Working from the inside of the cup, out, we’ll pour the Light Olive on the inside, paint the outside with three coats of Mediterranean Olive and then drip the Olive from the lip.  The intent is to create an organic looking drip effect over the matte finish of the Mediterranean Olive glaze.

Coat the Inside with Light Olive
Instead of painting the inside with a paint brush, we’ll be pouring the inside.  Squeeze some CN-312, Light Olive into a plastic cup and then thin it with water to the consistency of light cream.  Pour the thinned underglaze into the cup and begin turning the cup in your hand coating the inside.  Try to get as close to the edge as possible.  After completing one full turn, tip the cup a little more and begin to pour the underglaze out of the cup, turning it the whole time.

Glaze the Inside
Once the inside is dry, we can pour clear glaze on the inside in the same manner as we poured the underglaze.  Since we used underglaze for the inside and we will be using glaze on the outside, we will need to cover the inside with glaze, it’s usually a good idea to do this before starting to paint the outside.  We will pour the clear glaze into the cup, much like we did with the underglaze, turn the cup coating the inside and then pour the extra out.  If some drips down the side and you don’t want it there, you can wipe it away with your finger.

Apply the Outside Glaze
Before starting, make sure the cap is tight on the Mediterranean Olive glaze bottle and then shake well.  If the glaze is to thick, add some water to thin it out.  The glaze should be the consistency of heavy cream.  Dip a fan brush or other large brush into the glaze bottle and start to coat the outside of the cup.  Coat the outside with three coats of glaze, letting each layer dry before applying the next one.  Three coats is about as thick as your fingernail.

Drip the Glaze on the Rim
This is the last step.  Make sure the cap is on tight on the Olive Glaze and shake well.  Use a big brush, dip it in the Olive glaze and then gently scrape the side of the paint brush along the rim of the cup.  Keep the brush perpendicular and at a 45 degree angle from the lip.  The glaze will slowly drip the down the side of the cup.  The more glaze you scrape off the brush, the more the glaze will run down the side.  Since the Olive glaze is a Magic Flow glaze, it will continue to drip and flow when the piece is the kiln.  As such, its important to leave some room on the bottom for the glaze to flow.  If the glaze is applied too far down the side of the pot, it will drip off the piece and on to the kiln shelf during the fire.  Once all the glazes have been applied, the piece is ready to be fired.

Note:  If you plan on using only Magic Flow to glaze a piece, you should apply the first two coats to the whole piece and the last coat to the upper 2/3 ONLY.

Magic Flow glazes offer an interesting surface effect to experiment with on your pottery.  The glaze may be combined with other glazes or used alone.  You should note that although these glazes contain no lead or cadmium, they are not considered suitable for surfaces that come in contact with food and should be used on decorative pieces only.

Detail Photos of Each Step

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