Using a sponge to apply glaze is a technique employed by ceramic artists to achieve unique surface effects and textures on pottery.
Applying glaze with a sponge can create a variety of effects:
- Texture: Sponging can produce textured patterns, adding depth and visual interest to the glaze surface.
- Gradation: Gradual color transitions or gradients can be achieved by sponging glaze in layers.
- Control: Sponging allows for controlled application, which is useful for achieving specific designs or blending colors.
To sponge on glaze:
- Dampen a clean sponge and squeeze out excess water.
- Dip the sponge into the glaze, ensuring it’s evenly coated but not saturated.
- Gently press the sponge onto the pottery’s surface, using dabbing, swirling, or patting motions to create the desired effect.
- Allow the glaze to dry before firing.
Experimenting with sponging techniques can lead to intriguing and visually captivating glaze effects.