Learning Ceramic Glazes

I find so many nice examples of colors and effects on other people's ceramic wares. But I have no idea how to achieve the same effect. Here are some things I tried in my introductory wheel throwing course. Maybe it will help other beginners.

One of the things I love and appreciate from Clay by the Bay studio is they have a decent variety of underglazes and glazes that can be used at no additional fee if you take a class. While they do have color samples on each available glaze, I made color chips to see the final effect against the clay I was using. And it is nice to have my own reference sample for the future. 

Most of the tableware I made was kept simple, just matte white pebble on speckled buff clay. But I really love the small cup I made combining purple underglaze.

Next time I take a class I will do a new color study using different application methods to see what the effects will be. The color samples below were all made by dipping.

1. Amaco SH-12 Chai Matte underglaze on Laguna 612 clay 2. Western UG-2 Medium Gray underglaze on Laguna 612 clay 3. Western UG-6 Mahogany underglaze on Laguna 612 clay 4. Western UG-22 Plum underglaze on Laguna 612 clay 5. Coat 1: Western UG-6 Mahogany  Coat 2 (top half only): Western UG-22 Plum underglaze on Laguna 612 clay

1. Amaco SH-12 Chai Matte underglaze on Laguna 612 clay
2. Western UG-2 Medium Gray underglaze on Laguna 612 clay
3. Western UG-6 Mahogany underglaze on Laguna 612 clay
4. Western UG-22 Plum underglaze on Laguna 612 clay
5. Coat 1: Western UG-6 Mahogany  Coat 2 (top half only): Western UG-22 Plum underglaze on Laguna 612 clay

1. Western UG-20 Light Blue underglaze on Laguna WC-403 Speckled Buff clay 2. Coat 1: Laguna Temoku glaze  Coat 2 (top half only): Laguna Matte White Pebble glaze on Laguna WC-403 Speckled Buff clay 3. Laguna Turkish Amber glaze on Laguna WC-403 Speckled Buff clay 4. Western UG-25 Crimson underglaze on Laguna WC-403 Speckled Buff clay 5. Laguna MS-250 Matte White Pebble glaze on Laguna WC-403 Speckled Buff clay 6. Coat 1: Western UG-25 Crimson underglaze  Coat 2 (top half only): Laguna MS-250 Matte White Pebble glaze on Laguna WC-403 Speckled Buff clay 7. Western UG-32 Mango Red underglaze on Laguna WC-403 Speckled Buff clay

1. Western UG-20 Light Blue underglaze on Laguna WC-403 Speckled Buff clay
2. Coat 1: Laguna Temoku glaze  Coat 2 (top half only): Laguna Matte White Pebble glaze on Laguna WC-403 Speckled Buff clay
3. Laguna Turkish Amber glaze on Laguna WC-403 Speckled Buff clay
4. Western UG-25 Crimson underglaze on Laguna WC-403 Speckled Buff clay
5. Laguna MS-250 Matte White Pebble glaze on Laguna WC-403 Speckled Buff clay
6. Coat 1: Western UG-25 Crimson underglaze  Coat 2 (top half only): Laguna MS-250 Matte White Pebble glaze on Laguna WC-403 Speckled Buff clay
7. Western UG-32 Mango Red underglaze on Laguna WC-403 Speckled Buff clay

Coat 1: Western UG-22 Plum underglaze applied by sponge in layers to create a light gradient effect. Coat 2: Laguna MS-250 Matte White Pebble glaz applied by a quick dip at an angle.

Coat 1: Western UG-22 Plum underglaze applied by sponge in layers to create a light gradient effect.
Coat 2: Laguna MS-250 Matte White Pebble glaz applied by a quick dip at an angle.

Coat 1: Laguna MS-250 Matte White Pebble glaz applied by pouring in the glaze

Coat 1: Laguna MS-250 Matte White Pebble glaz applied by pouring in the glaze

Left bowl Coat 1: Laguna? Clear Gloss applied by pouring in the glaze Coat 2: Laguna MS-250 Matte White Pebble glaz applied by pouring in the glaze Seems the clear glaze makes the matte white very runny and it created this pattern. Right bowl Coat 1: Laguna MS-250 Matte White Pebble glaz applied by pouring in the glaze The random brown speckles from the clay show clearly.

Left bowl
Coat 1: Laguna? Clear Gloss applied by pouring in the glaze
Coat 2: Laguna MS-250 Matte White Pebble glaz applied by pouring in the glaze
Seems the clear glaze makes the matte white very runny and it created this pattern.

Right bowl
Coat 1: Laguna MS-250 Matte White Pebble glaz applied by pouring in the glaze
The random brown speckles from the clay show clearly.

Both bowls Coat 1: Laguna? Clear Gloss applied by dipping the rim Coat 2: Laguna MS-250 Matte White Pebble glaz applied by dipping the rim

Both bowls
Coat 1: Laguna? Clear Gloss applied by dipping the rim
Coat 2: Laguna MS-250 Matte White Pebble glaz applied by dipping the rim