Sunday, June 2, 2013

bisque prep before glazing

My procrastination for glazing has brought me to two huge kiln loads of bisque ware.  Over the years I have tried different ways of prepping bisque, but have settled into a routine that works well for me.
  1. Check each piece for imperfections
  2. Rinse in clean water and Use fine sandpaper/silicon carbide to wet-sand any rough or goober spots.  Then final rinse and dry.
  3. Apply resist
  4. Sieve glazes and check viscosity
  5. Separate pots into glaze color groups
  6. Have lots of good music and podcasts ready
  7. Pack a PB&J, so not tempted to skip lunch
  8. Turn off the ringer on the phone

A sneak peek of things to come :) 


Once in a great while I fumble and a piece will crash onto the concrete floor.   That means it's time for me to take a break.  

Glazing starts on Monday and will probably continue for a week, maybe more.  I figure this batch of bisque will fill at least 3 glaze kilns.

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6 comments:

  1. Turn off the phone.
    That is good advice!
    There are those pots that are suicidal, they are jumpers.

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    1. Yes, the above mug jumped right out of my hand.

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  2. Bisqued 10-12 packed loads .... Still glazing 6 glaze loads later.

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    1. 10-12 bisque kilns is a lot of ware! You may be glazing for the next year :)

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  3. PB&J...good idea! Maybe that's why my mind goes to mush when I am glazing~ Happy Glazing to you :)

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