Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi

GLAZE-BASE (m) Textures

ca: ESMALT-BASE (m) Textures

es: ESMALTE-BASE (m) Texturas

Glaze–base textures: This refers to textures made by applying the glaze-base to the bisque using different techniques.

Dripping: You can use anything from a bag for icing cakes, an injection syringe or a large soft brush. You literally drip the base or paint onto the object you are decorating. Different colors should not touch each other, unless it is part of the planned design that they should mix. Dripping can be done on to dry clay with slip, with colors over a glaze-base or colors directly on to bisque to fill spaces and leave textures.

Sandwiching: Prepare two tiles with a color or glaze-base and straight away, while they are still damp, join them face-to-face. When separated they will have a rough texture. The quicker this is done and the damper it is, the rougher the texture will be. Leave to dry and then clean backs and edges.

Spattering: to make an uneven texture by using glaze-base that has become sedimentary and the water has separated from it. Before stirring it, take a small basin full of thick base and put it to one side. Then stir what is in the container, adding water to make a very thin substance. Prepare your tiles with this glaze-base and leave to dry. Next, either holding the tiles in your hand or laying them on the woods over the basin, dip a “brush of palm leaves,” or something similar, into the bowl with the thick glaze-base and shake it over the prepared tiles.

This will create a heavy spotted texture, leave to dry and then clean the back and edges. Be very careful when piling them up face to face, and try not to put too many in each pile. This technique is good for designs with a lot of white in the background, as the texture breaks it up. If painted, the different thicknesses give shadows to the applied glaze-base. This can also be done with a colored glaze.