Last week I threw twenty-two pots to a throwing gauge in an attempt to improve my repeat throwing. I’m fairly pleased with the results. There is still some variance in diameter and height, but they are much more similar than previous attempts. I’ve spent the rest of the week turning the bases and applying slip and sgraffito designs. They were biscuit fired on Saturday and today I’ve been glazing and fettling.
Fettling (for non potters) is when you tidy up your pots. This could be when you trim the base of a thrown pot; clean up rough edges from casting a pot; or in this case tidy up any drips, marks and pin holes following dipping the pots into glaze.
I’d welcome any tips on how best to glaze… I’ve tried both dipping pots by hand and with tongs. When I hand dip I’ve been doing it in two phases. First I pour glaze inside, let it dry and then dip the outside (upside down). The problem I have here is that, however careful I am, the rim area has double the amount of glaze that it should (from overlap) and therefore loses some of its fineness after firing. With tongs I find that although I get a generally even coat, I get nasty drips and holes that need much more dusty and time consuming fettling. Many thanks in advance.