3.7 Glazing Techniques


Dipping is the simplest method, especially good for small items. A cleaned pot is dipped in a large pan or bucket of glaze, then withdrawn immediately and shaken off the excess glaze. The pot should be dipped in an angle to avoid air trapped inside the surface. A metal tong is handy to hold smaller pots; the tips marks or finger marks could be touched up with a brush after. If the dip glazing is not thick enough on the pot, the remedy is to spray instead of re-dipping again.

Pouring can be used for a variety of shapes. Most of the time, we use to glaze insides of bottle and vase. The pot is rotated quickly until the inside surface is fully covered with glaze. The excess glaze is poured out and a shake to make the glaze evenly. Glaze for dipping or pouring should always be thinner than spraying or brushing. The outside surface is the same manner, but better with a supporter as pouring. The Interior is better to be glazed first, then the exterior after.

Brushing is easy to handle and can create some interesting effects sometimes. It is applied to large pieces. It is better with a 1-inch flat brush that has a large coverage. Brushing should be work quickly and avoid the underlain glaze too dry to be covered. Glaze for brush should be not too watery or dry, otherwise, it will cause uneven and dry too fast to develop blisters.

Spraying is good to work on large pieces or a variety of shapes. It can create a subtle variation effect in color and have more control over the thickness and coverage. However, spraying has a large amount of waste and need to work in a booth with an exhaust fan. The glaze should be sprayed slowly in order to build up a coating. If spray too quickly, the glaze might run and cause uneven. Mask should always be worn as spraying.