[Clayart] Glazing bowls with holes

Snail Scott claywork at flying-snail.com
Mon Aug 19 09:37:56 EDT 2019

> On Aug 19, 2019, at 4:18 AM, Lou Roess <louroess2210 at comcast.net> wrote:
> Hi,  Does anyone have any suggestions for how to glaze a filigree bowl, i.e. one with lots of holes in it. Whether I pour, dip or brush, there seem to be lots of spots where the glaze didn’t completely cover...

I find that deep narrow textures fill better when the first coat is thinned, and the bisque is well wetted. The glaze will wick down into the recesses more effectively. Subsequent coats may be dipped or brushed normally, and the glaze will tend to flow into the recesses, during firing following that initial thin coating; it will basically never flow where the clay is unglazed. For larger, sparser deep texture, I apply the first coat with a brush, using a stabbing gesture, then glaze subsequent cots normally, and it evens out nicely in firing. However, note that very narrow spaces may fill up entirely due to the same effect. This is nice for celadon-type glazes which rely on variations of glaze depth for their effect, but not so good for opaque and low-contrast glazes which rely on the actual, physical texture remaining visible.


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