Dipping Potter’s Choice Glazes

 

Cone 5-6 Glazes

 

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Todd Pletcher has been experimenting with his cooling cycle!

“Besides the great results I get from layering, I have found that altering the firing schedule by down-firing my kiln, can create even more complex and beautiful glaze results!

I generally take the kiln up to 2195° and then start slowly down-firing to 1900°. The down-firing takes a few hours with ‘holds’ programmed in a few different places. It’s taken me a while to find the results that I desired…just eperiment and Have Fun!

—Todd Pletcher

 

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Quick Tips:

 

  • Add 3 1/3 gallons of water slowly
  • Don’t mix small quantities: 25 lbs. is 5 gallons
  • Blunge for 30 minutes
  • Stir between each use
  • Use test tiles to check dip time: we recommend 5 seconds
  • Clean foot of the pot
  • Always replace the lid after use
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The dry formulated PC’s are different from the brush formulated, so make sure you watch all three videos!

 

Potter’s Choice Glazes—Mixing Dipping Glazes

Todd Pletcher demonstrates how to mix the dry formulated Potter’s Choice Glazes.

 

Potter’s Choices Glazes—Waxing Your Pots and Dipping Glazes

Todd Pletcher demonstrates how to wax the bottom of your pots and how to properly dip your pieces, using Potter’s Choice Glazes.

 

Potter’s Choice Glazes—Layering with Dipping Glaze

Todd Pletcher demonstrates how to layer dry formulated Potter’s Choice Glazes by dipping different sections of his pot.

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Dry Dipping Directions and Warning

MIXING INSTRUCTIONS: Do not produce dust. Wear a NIOSH approved mask for dust or mist. Do not empty glaze powder into another container. Add water gradually into the bucket, stirring slowly. The glaze level will drop in the bucket as you mix in the water, allowing for more water additions until a creamy consistency is achieved. To insure a homogenous mixture, use a glaze mixer attached to a hand drill. Mix for at least half an hour. Although every glaze formula will have its own special water requirements, a basic recipe is to add 3 1/3 gallons of water to 25 pounds of dry glaze. Add a little more water if needed. One pound of AMACO® dry glaze will make approximately one pint of liquid glaze. Try not to let the glaze become thinner than needed, since the lower the viscosity, the greater the chance that heavy glaze particles will settle out. AMACO® glazes have a sufficient suspending agent to prevent settling unless an excessive amount of water is added. Store prepared glazes in their own airtight buckets.

DIRECTIONS: Stir well before using. If it is too thick, add some water very cautiously until it has the consistency of thin cream (dipping consistency). Dip the Cone 04 (1940°F, 1060°C) bisque fired piece into the glaze, lift it out and turn it over, allowing the excess glaze to pour out. The glaze will stop running as soon as it is lifted out of the bucket. Application is uniform and there is no waiting for it to drip or dry. Fire to witness Cone 5-6.

Request Material Safety Data Sheets when using in manufacturing. Tableware producers must test all finished ware to establish dinnerware status, due to possible variations in firing temperature and contamination.

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Just out of the kiln…

 

Bowl by Todd Pletcher dipped in PC-20, then PC-53 trailed around the rim and fired once

Entire bowl was dipped in PC-20 Blue Rutile then a thick PC-53 Ancient Jasper was trailed around the rim. Fired once.

Detail of bowl by Todd Pletcher dipped in PC-20 then PC-53 trailed around the rim and fired once

Detail of the PC-20 Blue Rutile and PC-53 Ancient Jasper bowl shown at left.

Bowl dipped in PC-20 with a thick PC-53 trailed around the rim

Entire bowl was dipped in PC-20 Blue Rutile then a thick PC-53 Ancient Jasper was trailed around the rim.
Fired twice to 2195°F with a long down-fire.

Detail of bowl dipped in PC-20 with a thick PC-53 trailed around the rim

Detail of the PC-20 Blue Rutile and PC-53 Ancient Jasper bowl shown at left.

bowl dipped in PC-20 with a thick PC-53 trailed around the rim

Entire bowl was dipped in PC-20 Blue Rutile then a thick PC-53 Ancient Jasper was trailed around the rim. Fired twice.

Detail of bowl dipped in PC-20 with a thick PC-53 trailed around the rim

Detail of the PC-20 Blue Rutile and PC-53 Ancient Jasper bowl shown at left.

Detail of bowl dipped in PC-20 with a thick PC-53 trailed around the rim

Detail of the PC-20 Blue Rutile and PC-53 Ancient Jasper bowl shown above.

Detail of bowl dipped in PC-20 with a thick PC-53 trailed around the rim

Detail of the PC-20 Blue Rutile and PC-53 Ancient Jasper bowl shown at left above.

Bowl dipped in PC-23 with a thick PC-53 trailed around the rim

Entire bowl was dipped in PC-23 Indigo Float then a thick PC-53 Ancient Jasper was trailed around the rim.
Fired once to 2195°F with a long down-fire.

Detail of bowl dipped in PC-23 with a thick PC-53 trailed around the rim

Detail of the PC-23 Indigo Float and PC-53 Ancient Jasper bowl shown at left.

Bowl dipped in PC-25 with a thick PC-53 trailed around the rim

Entire bowl was dipped in PC-25 Textured Turquoise then a thick PC-53 Ancient Jasper was trailed around the rim.
Fired twice to 2195°F with a long down-fire.

Detail of bowl dipped in PC-25 with a thick PC-53 trailed around the rim

Detail of the PC-25 Textured Turquoise and PC-53 Ancient Jasper bowl shown at left.

Bowl dipped in PC-25 with a thick PC-53 trailed around the rim

Entire bowl was dipped in PC-25 Textured Turquoise then a thick PC-53 Ancient Jasper was trailed around the rim. Fired twice.

Detail of bowl dipped in PC-25 with a thick PC-53 trailed around the rim

Detail of the PC-25 Textured Turquoise and PC-53 Ancient Jasper bowl shown at left.

Detail of bowl dipped in PC-25 with a thick PC-53 trailed around the rim

Detail of the PC-25 Textured Turquoise and PC-53 Ancient Jasper bowl shown above.

 
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