Lot's of gift giving occasions seem to come up in May. Now is the time to start making some quick and easy coasters for Mom or the newlyweds! If you missed Part 1: Forming Coasters you can see the post here but then be sure to come back because we are about to jump into glazing!
Here is an easy project that yields a nice finished product that anyone can use, drink coasters! What we love about making coasters is that they make a great handmade gift and can be formed from start to finish in just one day. Teachers, this project is for you!
If you've ever heard of water-slide ceramic decals, you may already know that ceramic decals are transfer prints created out of ceramic materials. We see ceramic decals on commercially produced ceramics and glass everywhere. Here we will discuss how you can apply decals to your own ceramic ware using tools you already have in your ceramics studio. We will also be sharing our tips for a successful decal firing.
Sometimes we have a great glaze that works well when it is dipped, poured or sprayed on but try and brush with it, and that is a whole other issue. Choosing glazes formulated for a brushing application and using glaze additives in glazes that are not already formulated for brushing is the key to making that great glaze behave beautifully when brushed.
Have you ever wondered how much it costs to fire an electric kiln? Maybe you access a shared kiln and would like to divvy up the cost of a firing. While there are a number of factors that go into overall kiln costs such as studio rent or kiln maintenance, it is possible to hone in on what you pay for a single firing. In fact, we have a guideline that we use to calculate the approximate cost of firing our standard top loading or front loading electric kilns and we are going to share it here with you.