Spectrum’s Espresso is possibly my absolute favourite low-fire glaze. I have literally been waiting to make this the glaze of the month. The problem is that we seem to have a problem keeping it in stock….it sells out so fast! On the last day of August, the 18 pints I ordered came in. I do hope they last the entire month!
One of the things i love about this glaze is its variety. It’s a rich brown, to be sure, but on a talc body, the undertones are black cherry to burgundy, while a talc free body brings out more blues and purples.
Espresso also layers well with many other glazes. Lately, I’ve been following a suggestion from my mom that she refers to as the rule of thirds, so I’ll glaze a piece with one glaze across two thirds of it, and a second glaze across opposite the first, also across two thirds of the piece, so that there’s an overlap in the middle. The final piece shows 1/3 of each glaze and 1/3 of the blend in the middle, as shown in the tray from the featured image, which shows off this technique with Espresso and Old Copper.