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glazing plates

updated sun 19 aug 01


Jacquelyn Lumsden on fri 23 apr 99

I sent my reply directly to Barrie, but thought the list might be
interested as well. Here it is.

>----------------------------Original message----------------------------
>Is there a tool to glaze plates rather than using tongs? I have seen
>pictures of the old English potters using a type of wire when dipping.I
>would be greatfull for some help.
> Barrie Paine in NZ

Hi Barrie -

I don't know of any articles but a great way to do plates that requires
very little depth of glaze is to take a pair of wire coat hangers and
reshape the curves of the widest part so that they are somewhat narrower
and will rest at about the 2/3 mark of each side of centre of your plate.
The bottom part of the hanger needs to remain flat so that you slip a
hanger in from each side .When it is stopped by the edge of the plate,
bring the 2 hanging hooks together in your hand and proceed to dip. The dip
is horizontal - just tip the plate in under the surface taking the plate
away from you and take it out at the other side of your glaze container.
This also means that first in is first out so that you do not have an area
of double glaze. The only touch up required (maybe)is in the 4 little
spots where the hanger touches the edge of the rim. When you set the plate
down, just let the hanger flop out to the side and slide it out. I have
about 3 sets so that I can accommodate many sizes of plates.

Something that I have found extremely useful for the throwing of all my
flat bottomed items and for plates is a disk of upholstery vinyl, cut to
the size of your batt and attached to it by some slurry, then smoothed out
with a rib or something straight-edged. Porceed as is normal for any
throwing, dampening the vinyl( I usually have the cloth side up). Be sure
to undercut right away, between the batt and the vinyl. When you are ready
to trim you can just peel the vinyl off the plate and there are no gouges
or uneven bottoms to contend with. Works for me!

John Jensen on sat 18 aug 01

I'm guessing that a platter with a waxed bottom would be slick enough to
allow handling with one of those suction handles.

John Jensen, Mudbug Pottery, Annapolis, Md.