Glycerine?

Surprising discovery of the day: glycerine can be used as a glaze or underglaze additive to help smooth out brush lines.

Vicky Northey, local potter and gardener extraordinaire, was helping to set up one of the next gallery shows[1], and happened to mention to Heather, who came downstairs and gushed to me, that she brushes on all her glazes. You can’t see any brush lines, because she adds glycerine to the mix. It keeps the glaze from drying out as fast as it normally does[2], which gives the glaze particles time to smooth out, and helps hide brush lines.

Considering I currently have a commission for a six-pound Bug bowl that I was having nightmares about glazing, this is Very Timely Information.

[1] “Reigning Cats and Dogs”, a collaborative effort between Vicky and Pauline Stockwood. I only got the chance to poke my head in the door briefly, but what I saw was great. The opening will be the eighteenth, if you want to come check it out.

[2] A good glaze, unless applied really thick, dries almost instantaneously. This is great if you’re dipping and don’t want to stand around for ages holding a pot upside down, waiting for it to stop dripping, but not so great if you, say, don’t have a bucket big enough for your pot and not enough money for an air compressor and a spray thingy and only have money for a brush.[3] Unless you have mad brushing skillz, or an unusually cooperative glaze, brushing gives a very uneven surface and all kinds of lines.

[3] Yes, that is the technical term.

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