. Fixing Pinholes in Glaze Glaze the pot as usual. It helps to gently wave it back and forth in the glaze. Make sure you have enough glaze mixed up for this manoeuvre. I mix my glaze in 20 litre buckets. Remove pot from glaze. Allow excess glaze to drip off. Set the pot down to dry, Inspect for pinholes. When it is still wet or semi wet heal the pinholes with a soft sable paintbrush loaded with the wet glaze until all pin holes are gone. Try to keep the surface smooth. You can keep healing pinholes in this way until the glaze is dry or all the pinholes are gone. Make sure the glaze is fully dry before you put the pot in the kiln. Hold pot to cheek. If it is cold the pot is still wet;
Do this manoeuvre with some delicacy for best results. You can use a hairdryer to aid drying but use it carefully. Start on a low speed and a low temperature increasing gently Avoid a top speed and a top heat. Then add 15 minutes soak to the firing
and now I have stopped pin holing in glaze, formerly a big problem for me
I don't hate glazing anymore
I don't hate glazing any more. After years of making everything has come together. I have a great kiln, great work, great glazes and a super temp controller. Now I do everything and everything works like it is to supposed to All these elements need to work together and the potter has to keep faith. If one thing isnt working reflect on why. I am very satisfied each time i work now.
1.I used to hate glazing
2.Just when I mastered a skill in pottery I thought I was a potter.Then I discovered another skill to be conquered.I am still working through the list with varying degrees of success.The one I wrestle with constantly is glazing.I am just as bad at it as when I started some 40 years ago.Recently trying a new methodthings have improved.It works with the smaller pieces I make.
3.I do it sideways
4.I hold the bisque item sideways.I dip it in the glaze half way.I take it out of the glaze and let it dry. I then dip the other half with a small overlap. When the glaze is dry I carefully clean the excess glaze off the base.This gives a more even coverage than dipping the head first method.
5.Now I have beautiful even glazing.I have moved on with this skill at last.Never give up.
Cesco glazes I have worried they go on like house paint. No variations flat colour. I have discovered they have another life. Apply in layers in patches. Build up glazes. Fire 2 to 3 times or until you are happy with the finish They are astonishing
These are iced tea jugs available from the tea shop. I use them for filling with slip and then pouring in molds. This minimises mess and allows short term storage of the slip. They are especially good for short runs.