The glaze mixing room located in the basement of the Piedmont College Art Building. For many potters, this is the last stop before the kiln. Jude Worthington cleaning tools and getting ready to glaze their pottery. In their hands are a whisk and power tools used to mix the glaze before use. Ready for the glaze are a handful of plates, cups, bowls, and a small pot. Theyare carefully glazed in order to avoid complications in the kiln. Placed upon the tables of the Art Building, each with their own colors. Each plate represents the different color that each will become. Each mixture must be mixed properly or the glaze won’t set properly. A power mixer is used when mixing in large quantities. Each piece is dipped into the glazing mixtures and evenly coated. The bottom remains unglazed, otherwise it will melt and stick to the rack. They’re dipped into the mixture into the mixture slowly in order to ensure the color is evenly distributed. This orangish mixture causes the pottery to become a reddish tint thats looks good at a centerpiece. Long tongs are required for larger pieces like this vase. While in the interior may be covered in some glaze, the mixture won’t reach the bottom due to the downward dipping motion. The inside of the smaller bowl is glazed with a brush in order to evenly coat the final product. The inside of the vase is left unglazed, excluding the lip, since it won’t be containing food items. This is done to save on glaze and as an aesthetic choice. The finished product before the final firing to cause the colors to show. When fired in the kiln, the glaze will turn into glass.
The glazing process is a long process that involves the careful coating of pottery with a glazing mixture that causes colors to occur when fired in a kiln. In the kiln the glazing mixture essentially becomes glass and becomes usable as a plate, pot or bowl.