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are vitreous engobes what you really want?

updated mon 10 jul 06


Lili Krakowski on sun 9 jul 06

We have had several inquiries lately about glazes for sculpture.

And the requests have included a wish for something matt, but also shiny....

There are "vitreous engobes" which are halfway points, as it were, between
slips and glazes. One of their many charms is that they can be applied on
raw or leatherhard clay. Because of this they can be applied and then
partly scraped off, leaving nuanced surfaces.

I have used both established recipes for such engobes, and doodled with c.10
once-fired glaze recipes, which have reached the right "feel" at c. 6.

It is a bit of trial and error (i.e. I think too little has been done in
that area) and it needs to be said these engobes are NOT substitutes for
glaze in functional ware....They are slips/engobes.

Lili Krakowski
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