If I could figure out a way to not have to glaze my pottery
and still have it magically appear in it’s finished form, I would.
Each piece of pottery is sprayed with a minimum of 2-3 glazes, resulting in
unique results for each individual pot.
Think of a “glaze” as a creamy, water-based treat - each with
a recipe all its own. I don’t pretend to have a full grasp of all
of the chemistry that goes into formulating glazes from scratch and I’ve
been fortunate to be able to depend on already-tested recipes from the
Bethel College Art Department for the majority of the work that I’ve
done in my lifetime.
In short, substances like Copper Carbonate, Zinc Oxide, Rutile, and a
plethora of other chemical combinations used in glazing each react differently
during firing based on a variety of variables including heat and oxygen
levels within the kiln environment.
Typical timeline - probably an average of about 20 mask-wearing minutes