Mixing Folk Art Guild White Glaze

Mixing Folk Art Guild White Glaze 


You can find the glaze recipe here. I mixed this glaze on a recommendation from a pottery friend Erin Ryan (@byrdinhand on instagram). I’ve been on the search for a glaze to fill a hole in my line up, and I’m hoping this one will fit the bill! 


What I’m looking for in this glaze: 

  • Neutral, but not plain 
  • Variation in finish (enough to add interest, but not enough that sets don't match) 
  • Stable and easy to fire
  • Suitable for dinnerware (holds up to acids, no staining, no scratching) 


Here is the recipe: 

glaze recipe

How I mixed it up: 

  1. Wearing the proper safety equipment (dust mask and safety glasses), and setting up outdoors so I didn’t get airborne dust in my small studio space, I weighed all the chemicals using a scale accurate to the hundredth of a gram. 
  2. Add water equal to the total dry weight of the ingredients
  3. Mix the batch until fully combined (about 5-15 min depending on the batch size) 
  4. Let sit overnight so that the chemicals can fully integrate with water 
  5. Sieve using a 80 micron mesh sieve 
  6. Dip test tiles 
  7. Fire to cone 6 with proper witness cones to confirm firing temperatures 
  8. Check the results! 

 


Test Tiles: 

test tiles for glaze

From left to right clay bodies used (all from Kentucky Mudworks save my Reclaim): Ice Man, Tony Beaver, Reclaim, Speckled Turtle, Muhollun, and Brown Bear)


Conclusion

I have very little experience with mixing glazes from scratch, and am in fact currently taking a whole course on the chemistry of glaze making. This glaze is the perfect recipe to dip your toes into the metaphorical pool of glaze making with. It’s super stable, and hard to mess up. I’m very happy with this glaze and plan to add it to my fall line of colors! 

 

 folk art guild white +  shiny white in equal proportions on Tony Beaver 

001 / 100 

This glaze marked day 1 of my #100daysofmaking. You can read more and see what other projects I've been up to via my instagram @ray_hopwood .