When I first began my pottery journey, I was fascinated with glazes! But I was terrified at the thought of making them. They seemed so foreign to me...epk, silica, cobalt oxide, gerstley borate, wollastanite...ingredients that I had no idea where to start with.
With the help of my pottery teacher, I made my first glaze at our college’s pottery studio. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! I was still really intimidated though. 🤗
I went on my computer and researched glaze pictures, printed off a few recipes, and took them to the pottery studio for some ‘expert advice’ in which one would be best for me to make. I bought all of the ingredients I needed from @thepotterysupplyhouse . Brendan, at PSH, is a saint....he’s lived through my millions of questions and I’ve learned quite a bit from him. 🤗
I gathered up some kitchen items and purchased some containers. My husband gave me my respirator and some nitrile gloves. And the rest is history! I have a fully stocked glaze kitchen and love it!
I even attended a @john.britt1 workshop and learned a lot more.
Making glazes is a lot like cooking or baking:
- you need a recipe
- measuring implements to weigh
- ingredients...but instead of flour, baking sofa, salt, etc...you use glaze ingredients
- a clean surface. I line my area with newspapers to catch any ingredients that miss my test container
- small containers (preferably with a lid)
- and away you go! Easy peasy! 🤗
And YouTube is a great resource to learn more about measuring, mixing, ingredients, etc. But if you can follow a recipe...you can make glazes. You can learn as you go 🥰
And there are a lot of potters who are more than happy to help you and answer your questions.
We all started at the beginning. 🤗
#itsapotterslife #itsapotterslifeforme #pawsitivepottery #makersgonnamake #canadianartist #canadianceramics #clay #thisisme #madeincanada 🇨🇦 #canadianpottery #canadianpotter #claybuddies #facebookclaybuddies #cone5 #glazemakingisfun #potteryglazemixing - 21 days ago