Monday, December 13, 2010

Glazes - Why do they Matter?

Here are some tips that I hope you find useful as you consider the glaze on the pot. As with the firing temperature, shape and other factors, the choice of glaze should fit the intended use for the pot. Think about this:

•Glazes provide attractive decoration, but also the key waterproofing for the pot.

•They can be matte or shiny, but the shiny ones are better for use with knife & fork because it won’t show marks.

•The thickness of the unfired glaze varies based on the proportion of water to dry chemicals needed to deliver the desired color.

•Not all glazes are safe for food storage or serving. Always check before buying or using a pot with food.

I hope you find this helpful. Please leave a comment with your own thoughts about glazes, or to let me know if you'd like to hear more.

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