Can you put wax on underglaze?

Applying wax over underglaze is a common technique in ceramics used to create a resist or barrier between layers of glaze, slip, or underglaze. The wax prevents the second layer from adhering to the surface covered in wax, allowing for unique and controlled decorative effects.


Using wax on underglaze involves the following steps:

  1. Apply the underglaze to the leather-hard or bisque-fired clay surface.
  2. Allow the underglaze to dry completely.
  3. Apply the wax resist over the dried underglaze in the areas where you want to create a barrier.
  4. Apply a second layer of glaze, slip, or underglaze over the waxed area.
  5. Allow the glaze, slip, or underglaze to dry.
  6. Remove the wax resist by gently scraping or wiping it off, revealing the underlying layer of underglaze.
  7. Bisque fire the piece to the recommended temperature.


Using wax resist over underglaze can create various decorative effects, including controlled drips, layered textures, and visually distinct areas of color.


Wax resist can be applied over underglaze on pottery, tiles, sculptures, and other ceramic forms to add complexity and visual interest to the surface design.


Combining wax resist with underglaze allows ceramic artists to explore creative and dynamic decorative techniques that enhance the visual appeal of their ceramic pieces.

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