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Underglaze In Wood Firing

I've been invited to participate in another wood firing at Shorter University.  I'm really excited about it because I love the way wood fired pottery looks.  I'm making three more woman vases to go into the anagama, I just threw the cylinders for them yesterday, that's all, but I'm already totally excited about how they might look when they come out of the kiln.
Hand Crafted Pottery Dragon Stein
Dragon Stein

I also threw some steins that I want to decorate with dragons.  I do these by a combination of Mishima and painting with underglazes.  I suspect the Mishima lines will hold up to the heat of cone 10 but I don't know what the underglazes will do.  Luckily Amaco has a handy chart on their website:
Amaco Velvets high fire chart.  Of course it doesn't show what the colors will do in reduction so I may have to just pick something and hope for the best.  Have you ever used underglazes in a wood kiln?

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery by Lori Buff


  1. Those are really happy colors for a dragon :)

    XO T

  2. I used underglazes at cone 10 reduction and most held true or faded a bit, especially yellow and red. At the time I think I was using Duncan stroke and coat. One of these days I hope to get a few of my works into a wood fired kiln.

    1. Thanks Linda, I expected I should stay away from reds but I didn't know about yellow. I imagine it would be a good idea to make sure the coats are thick too.

  3. I haven't wood fired underglazes before, but I have fired them in reduction. Certain colors go very muddy - blues and greens particularly. I had a lot of luck with yellows and reds holding true, though.

    That dragon is lovely!

    1. Thanks Julia, it's interesting that Linda seems to have had different results with the reds and yellows. Do you remember what brand you used?


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