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Using a Viscosity Cup

Mix Glaze In Pail

Mix with electric mixer for about two minutes until you see a vortex.
Avoid touching edges of pail with the mixing blade.
A stainless steel wire whisk can be used to stir glaze periodically.

Check Viscosity

Check Viscosity

Submerge a Viscosity Cup into tank and fill with glaze.
As you lift the cup from the glaze, begin timing.
Stop timing when the steady stream of glaze begins to break and only a few drops remain.
A range of 19-23 seconds is normal.
If glaze remains in the cup and reading is below or within this range, or if it takes longer than 23 seconds to drain, the glaze is too thick.
Add small amounts of water as needed.

Dip Bisque

Hold your piece of pottery with hands or tongs.

Dipping pottery piece

If using hands, wear protective gloves.
Rapidly submerge Cone 04 bisque, covering 1/2 to 3/4 of piece if large or completely if small.

Remove Bisque

Give your hand a slight twist while quickly lifting pottery out of glaze.

Test Glaze For Thickness

Coating should have the thickness of a business card over non painted bisque areas.
In a hidden area scratch through glaze down to bisque and see if it is as thick as a card.
Use a brush dipped in glaze to cover the test patch.

If the glaze is not thick enough redip the pottery.
Colored areas may appear to have less glaze, which is normal.


Set ware on stilts or rack to dry.
Glaze will dry quickly.
But make sure it is completely dry.

Dip unglazed portion If necessary, on a larger piece, dip unglazed portion slightly overlapping glazed area for full coverage.
Let dry.

Touch Up

Touch up pottery piece with fan brush

Use a fan glaze brush to touch up any missed areas with glaze after ware dries.
Some bubbles may appear after dipping, especially over painted areas.
These will disappear in the firing process.
Use a palette knife to shave off drips or runs to prevent airborne dust.

Fire Glazed Bisque

Set pottery securely on clean, sharp kiln stilts in kiln.
Fire to appropriate Shelf Cone number.
If after firing there are any sharp stilt marks carefully file them smooth.

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Have you ever come up with a good idea while working with your handmade pottery and thought that you would like to share it with others? You have? Well, why not send it to us and we will add it to the tips page for all to see.

Handmade pottery can be a very gratifying hobby that produces fun and satisfying results. For many people it's an enjoyable release that is created by working an inanimate mound of clay into a beautiful work of art that you made through your artistic abilities.

The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.

With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well supplied dealers and yet working with reliable ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders within a timely manner.

When you get all set up, just enjoy the hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty serious and start selling their creations at craft fairs and small stores, but others just like to create items for themselves, relatives, and friends. Whichever kind of handmade pottery you desire to endeavor, enjoy the hobby and have fun doing it.

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