Before You Glaze, You Must Do This First — Spinning Pots

Glazing is a real struggle, especially if you are not sure of what you are doing. It can make or break the whole look of the piece that you have been working for days. Though glazing takes a lot of patience, it is a fun-filled process to do and see the piece turn out like the way you have imagined in your head is something special. But this can only be achieved if all the necessary steps are done in the right way. Even though glazing is more like an art and craft project, it requires some medical operation level preparation to get started with. So, here is how you can get the preparation process done, so you do not miss out on anything.

Cleanliness is everything

Let things dry

Tip: Using hot or warm water instead of tap water makes the pieces dry quicker. But it should be kept in a dry area or places with sunlight for at least 30 minutes. You should not feel the wet surface while you glaze it. So, keep the piece against your skin to check if it has that cold nature to it.

Get things ready

Choose the type of glaze

There are two major glaze finishes for you to choose from. You can either go with a glossy translucent finish or the matte finish. Both have their own benefits. So, it’s you who has to decide what you want for your piece to enhance the beauty of it.

Glossy finish: This glaze will enhance the thicker portion of the piece and make it more highlighted. And by default, it gives your pottery piece a shiny finish that will make it reflecting even with the tiniest bit of light.

Matte finish: This glaze does the exact opposite and offers a matte finish to the thicker portion of the pottery piece. The less the thickness, the more it pops out — thanks to this glaze. It also gives it a solid finish that is not very reflective and makes it perfect for a toned-down yet elegant piece.

Do not forget to wax

Typically, you need to wax the foot of the piece that you are glazing. But make sure you do not wax more than half of the foot region and not less than a quarter of it.


Mix the glaze properly

Usually, you may find yourself with pieces that have imperfections on them, ruining the spotless beauty that you are aiming for. In most cases, this happens because of the glaze itself. While you mix your glaze, make sure you mix it thoroughly till the bottom of the container is kept in. Otherwise, it may leave you with a patchy finish in some places that is not so good to look at. Sometimes, there might be trapped air bubbles in the glaze that can cause it to have an impression of it when you keep it for firing.

To avoid such things from happening, always mix the glaze for more time than you think it requires. You can always use a tool to mix the glaze instead of hand mixing it. Also, when you are going with multiple levels of glazes, make sure you prepare the glazes in advance before you start the glazing process. It will help avoid any dirt from falling on top of the glaze when kept aside to get the first layer dry.

Once all this is done, you are set to go for the glazing process. The best way to make sure that your glaze turns out exactly like the way you want it to look is by having the tedious preparation process done properly. Try preparing a checklist of the glazing process, so you do not forget any step as you work on it. And if it is your first-time glazing pottery of your own & it turns out a little wacky, then don’t worry; there is always a learning curve, especially for something so delicate and time-consuming like pottery.


All the Best!

Originally published at on September 20, 2020.

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