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the slippery slope of slip glazes

updated thu 27 jul 00


David Hendley on wed 26 jul 00

Well, I don't agree with much of what has been said
about defining slips and engobes.
I don't care how much clay is in a mixture or if it is
a 'natural' clay or not.
Process is what defines a 'slip glaze'.

My definition is simple:
"If you apply it like a slip and it makes a glaze, it's a slip glaze."
--Hendley, 2000

I regularly make slip glazes that contain less than 50%
clay. For my materials and the way I work, I want about
40 to 60% clay in my slip glazes.
These are not glazes. They are slips: applied like slips to
wet pots, combed like slips, and trailed like slips, but they
fire to become glazes.
'Slip glazes' is the only sensible thing to call them.

I also enjoy blurring the line between 'slip glaze' and
'clay slip'.
How glossy does a 'clay slip' have to be to call it a 'slip
glaze', how matt does a 'slip glaze' have to become to
make it a 'clay slip'?
Of course, there is no concrete dividing line, and some
'slip glazes' have more clay in them than some 'clay
David Hendley
Maydelle, Texas