Making art pottery has its perks – one of them being that we’re able to develop glazes without having to worry about functionality. This allows us to achieve specialty glaze effects that would not otherwise be possible. Our wonderfully dramatic crackle glazes that you see on many of our pots are one such glaze.
We could talk for hours about our crackle glazes — even though we’ve been working with them for awhile, we still think they’re incredibly cool. We’ve designed three base colors that crackle — white, yellow, and blue.
Here you can see what the pots looks like after we’ve first fired them with the base glaze – blue on the Craftsman Pine Bowl, and yellow on the Queen Bee Vase (retired).
Several days after its initial glaze firing, we test the pot to see if it has achieved the desired level of crackling — this is done by dipping the pot in water and looking carefully at the crackle pattern.
If it’s ready, we dip the pot in a glaze wash.
The glaze wash settles into the little cracks, and we fire the pot again.
The finished product – pictured: Lidded Springtime Iris, Dragonfly Promenade (retired).
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