In honor of our Kristen Kieffer workshop, we decided to highlight a technique and the products necessary to pull off that technique. Kristen is known for many things, but one of them is her beautiful translucent glazes. I’ve long loved the images I’d seen of her work, and how those translucent colours so nicely compliment the ornate elegance she sliptrails onto her pieces. However, it was not until I had seen them in person that I realized she has both gloss and satin surfaces in those translucent glazes, often on the same piece, and I just love how the subtlety of the surface enhances the beautiful slip trailing & stamping work on the pieces.
Kristen works at higher temperatures and mixes up her own glazes, but you can achieve a similar effect by simply mixing mason stains into a clear glaze. A good rule of thumb is a single 1/4# bag of stain to a pint of glaze. However, depending on the intensity of the stain, and the potter’s desired appearance, the total percentage may vary anywhere from 10-40%. For this month, we are offering a rare discount on Mason Stains…10% off all 1/4# bags (current Mason Stain prices are listed below). And of course, we have a great price on Spectrum’s low-fire clears, gloss AND satin!
Spectrum 700 Clear:
Pint Retail Price $9.00 Special Glaze of the Month Price $7.00
Gallon Retail Price $45.00 Special Glaze of the Month Price $35.00
Spectrum 250 Satin Clear:
Pint Retail Price $11.50 Special Glaze of the Month Price $9.00
Gallon Retail Price $60.00 Special Glaze of the Month Price $47.00