Marbleized Glazed Surfaces with AMACO Teacher's Palette Glazes
by AMACO brent
The objective of this quick lesson is to introduce students to the technique of marbleizing glaze and allow them to create unique and visually appealing marbleized designs on ceramic tiles. Through this hands-on experience, students will learn about the properties of glazes and develop their artistic skills while experimenting with color combinations and patterns.
Select three Teacher’s Palette Glaze colors, 1 each: light, medium, and dark values.
Pro Tip: Use a mixture of AMACO Gum Solution and, if needed, distilled water to dilute glazes (and avoid glaze-crawling).
Pour Teacher’s Palette glazes into hair coloring application bottles.
These can also be condiment bottles.
Paint Base Coat
Paint one thick coat of the lightest color glaze. Do NOT wait for this to dry!
Apply Glaze Over Base Coat
Generously squirt lines (or designs) of all three glaze colors next to each other over the brushed first coat.
Drag Comb Through Design
Drag a wide-toothed comb through the wet glaze. Wavy or straight feathered patterns can be achieved depending on the hand movement.
Clean Edges of Tile
Scrape excess damp glaze off the sides of the bisqueware. Dried glaze can be removed from edges using a wet sponge.
Fire Final Results
Once dry, glaze fire to cone 05 at medium speed.
TIP: Create Different Designs
Any trailed glaze pattern can produce unique marbleized designs. The glaze application just needs to be heavy and still fluid before “dragging
TIP: Drag A Toothpick Through Design
A. Drag a toothpick through the wet glaze lines to create freehand designs.
B. Drag a toothpick or comb through the wet glaze lines on a banding or pottery wheel to create radial designs.
TIP: Make Your Own Marbling Comb
To make your own marbling comb, insert and glue toothpicks into corrugated cardboard and allow glue to dry. When dry, it’s ready to use!
Marbleized Glazed Surfaces Lesson Plan PDF
- Gum Solution Wide paintbrush (soft, natural hair) Scraper or Gift Card Wide-toothed comb (or corrugated cardboard with glued, inserted toothpicks) Hair Dye Bottles, 1 per glaze color Bisque-fired tiles or plates Teacher's Palette Glazes