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laguna's "artificial salt glaze"

updated thu 28 mar 02


Jon Pacini on wed 27 mar 02

Earl wrote----Has anyone out there used Laguna'a Artificail Salt glaze?
procautions? Suggestions? I have some that I want to try, but have no
directions or cautions, seems like it could be potentially a mess.

Hi Earl --Greetings All
---All depends on what you consider a mess.
Don't expect the results to look like a salt or soda firing. The glaze
consists of a bunch of soluble alkaline minerals (salts) blended together.
The fired result is usually crusty and textured, under some circumstances
quite fluid.
Great for effect but not for function.
Art Smith, (a former Laguna Glaze Tech) developed the glaze 10 yrs or
so ago and he has since passed away, I doubt they are related events but,
there's no way to quiz him and find out why he called it 'artificial salt'
or what he was up to with it.
Art was a great one for "just experimenting around" to see what would
happen when you combine any given group of minerals and stick them in a
kiln. This particular glaze is more than likely the result of a series of
tests of that type.
Juan Aguilera, (the current Laguna Glaze Tech) has developed a ^06 spin
off of this glaze that will soon be available. The effects of his glaze are
very similar to the effects exhibited by some of the Natzlers pots of the
50's and 60's. Great stuff if you're into that cratered-textured look.
Jon Pacini
Clay Manager
Laguna Clay Co