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Amaco PC Series Glazes

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These lead-free glazes give good results for mid-range ceramics.

These lead-free glazes give good results for mid-range ceramics.

Photo © 2009 Beth E Peterson

The Bottom Line

Amaco's PC (Potter's Choice) glazes are traditional cone 10 reduction glazes revamped to fire at cone 5-6 oxidation. Beautiful glazes that replicate the look of high-fire potter-made glazes faithfully. Does take some experimentation to find the best way to work with particular glazes, but overall very easy to use.

Pros

  • The PC glazes replicate the look of high-fire studio glazes wonderfully.
  • Some PC glazes respond to uneven thickness of application with interesting variation.
  • Lively glazes with lots of depth and character.

Cons

  • Some inconsistent results with some glazes when parameters pushed.

Description

  • Lead-free, cone 5-6 glazes. All glazes are dinnerware safe when fired to cone 5 or 6.
  • Available ready-to-use in liquid pints and gallons. Also available as dry glaze in 25 pound containers.
  • Both liquid and dry forms come in non-breakable plastic containers. Sold in separate units or in sets of six pint jars.
  • PC Class Pack 1 glazes require no special handling. PC Class Pack 2 glazes require caution & should not be used by children.
  • PC Class Pack 1: Blue Rutile, Tenmoku, Oil Spot, Albany Slip Brown, Shino, and Salt Buff.
  • PC Class Pack 2: Saturation Gold, Textured Turquoise, Ironstone, Seaweed, Lustrous Jade, and Chun Plum.

Guide Review - Amaco PC Series Glazes

This is an exciting glaze series. Amaco has done justice to the high-fire reduction glazes that inspired this group of mid-range oxidation glazes. The glazes are rich in color and depth, they apply easily, and they can be worked to provide interesting variations within themselves, depending on thickness of application.

Do follow specific instructions given for each glaze. For example, Amaco says to use four heavy brushed-on coats for their Blue Rutile glaze. This gives a lovely, traditional blue rutile glaze. Thinner applications, however, also give an interesting flecked brown. This variation in glaze color can be used to advantage to highlight areas of interest such as throwing marks.

I did find a few of the glazes were less forgiving about application and firing range. When pushed, some glazes did not react particularly well. The Shino and Chun Plum can develop craters if applied really heavily, and neither the Shino or Albany Slip Brown liked to be overfired to cone 7. Granted...I deliberately pushed past recommendations in trying these glazes out. All the glazes performed very well under recommended conditions.

Overall these are great glazes that perform very well. They are visually interesting and are a great choice when you want to replicate the look of high-fire reduction glazes using an electric kiln.

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