In preparation for glazing my dinner set I’ve done some experiments combining Botz stoneware glazes. Having spent so long making this set the last thing I want to do is to mess up when it comes to the glazing. I find glazing has it’s own problems but I won’t go there today.
Botz stoneware glazes were chosen because they are lead free and non toxic.
The samples are numbered, and I managed to write down which glazes went where, something I regularly forget to do as I’m so wrapped up in the process.
I applied two coats of each glaze, layering and overlapping them. The back side had 2 layers of Botz Plus as well as the same glazes as on the front. Trying to squeeze out as many glaze possibilities as I could the larger sample had 2 different glaze combinations.
Here’s a list of the glazes that I used.
- Creme – Turquoise granite – Black blue speckle.
- Creme – Turquoise granite – Bright blue effect.
- Creme – Ice crystal.
- Turquoise granite – Bright blue effect – White.
- Ice crystal – Black blue speckle
- Black blue speckle – (left side) – Ice crystal. (right side) – Bright blue.
I think I like the first combo best for the dinner set but I’m not entirely sure, I’m still considering the black blue speckle glaze on it’s own that I used on the noodle bowl. I don’t mind eating off dark crockery but I know from research most people prefer light cream or white plates for food. But this set is for me, decisions, decisions 🙂
I love the running effects with the Botz Plus, but on plates I can’t imagine that the glazes will run as much. I have some spare plates made from another clay so maybe I should try the glazes on those first. I feel I have blank paper syndrome, or in this case blank ceramic syndrome, and I need to get over it soon.
Also I need to do 3 coats of Creme instead of 2 for better coverage. I find it’s quite tricky getting even coverage with brush on glazes.
I haved to experiment further with hotter firing and a longer hold, but that’s for another experiment.
I want to get this set finished but I still feel a bit wary about glazing it.
Which glaze combo do you like best?