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There are several different companies that make glazes for pottery and ceramics.

They can be found in any pottery or ceramic store.
Choosing the right pottery glaze color
No matter what brand you choose, it is very important to know how the colors work together.
Choosing the colors for your pottery or ceramic project should be an easy matter, but sometimes you need to sit down and think about how your pottery or ceramic will look in the room in which you intend them to reside or if your making them for sale, what are the popular colors people are buying.

Think about color relationships before you add that fushia colored teapot to your Chinese red room.

I didn't have a clue on how to read a color chart, much less use it for some of my art projects.
Hopefully, this will help you to understand colors.

Here are a few basic guidelines to get you started.

The charts below show the basic colors and their relationship to each other.

When choosing colors for your pottery or ceramic, there are many things to be considered.
Where will the piece be placed?
What other colors are in the room or area?
Should you choose colors to harmonize with the surroundings or contrast them?
If the piece is going to be for sale, what are the popular colors of the time? (Each year brings new colors into our lives.)
Make your decisions carefully, but don't be afraid to play with colors and shades.

Have fun and don't be afraid to experiment!

Hue is the actual color, whether it is primary or secondary.
Shade is the amount of black or white mixed in with the hue to make it lighter or darker.

The higher the value the more intense is the final color.



Glaze Color Chart



The table above and below show a standard color wheel showing the primary colors which are red, blue and yellow and the secondary colors which is green, orange and purple and shades in between.

Glaze Color Chart 2 Glaze Color Chart 3

Primary Colors


The paragraphs below show the different choices you have when it comes to choosing colors for your pottery or ceramic.

Glaze Color Chart 4

Complimentary Colors

These are colors from the opposite side of the color wheel.
Red and green, blue and orange or yellow and violet are all examples of complimentary colors.

Glaze Color Chart 5

Contrasting Colors

These are colors with at least three other colors between them.
So, blue and yellow have blue/green, green and green/yellow between them.

Glaze Color Chart 6

Adjacent Colors

These are colors which share a common side of the color wheel.
Some examples are red, red/violet and violet or orange, orange/red and red.

Warm Colors

Red, yellow, orange and brown.

Cool Colors

Blue, purple, green and gray.

Neutral Colors

Brown and gray.

Black and white are also neutrals, but are not considered actual colors.
Pale colors are considered to be more feminine and darker colors more masculine.
Strong, vivid colors are dramatic and natural shades are more tranquil.
Decide what look you hope to achieve then choose your color scheme to match.

Now, you have to decide whether you will use colors that are complementary, contrasting or adjacent to one another.

Here are a few examples:

Most people agree that peach and blue go well together, these colors are complementary, as are green and pink - think mint green and pale pink.
Blue and yellow are contrasting colors that go well together.
They are best when one color is dominant, blue for instance, as your main shade with the yellow as an accent or vice-versa.

One other choice is a mono-chromatic color scheme where you have one color only in varying shades from deep to very pale with perhaps white, black or grey.

I can certainly imagine it and would never want to paint any of my rooms that, I like the warm colors.
You decide what colors you feel most comfortable with and then glaze your pottery or ceramics to your hearts content from there.
I hope this page has helped you to understand how to pick your colors out.
This info can be used for paints also, not just glazes.

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

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