Last Updated on February 3, 2023
Ceramic glaze is a glossy, transparent coating that adds color, shine, and protection to ceramic pieces. Whether you’re a professional potter, hobbyist, or simply looking to spruce up your home decor, choosing the right glaze is essential to bringing your vision to life.
But with so many types of glaze available, how do you know which one is the best? Fear not, dear pottery enthusiasts, for this blog post is here to guide you through the glaze jungle. From durability to translucency, we’ll dive into what makes a glaze great and which ones top the charts. So buckle up and let’s get glazing!
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Finishing off your ceramics project with a high quality glaze will make them stand out. And after reading this article you will know the top color and clear ceramic glazes on the market.
Best Color Ceramic Glaze
If you are like me you are obsessed with getting the perfect finish to your ceramics projects. Whether sculpting or throwing nothing brings a ceramic piece together like a brilliant brush on glaze. You will find beautiful color and clear glazes for your projects below.
Sax True Flow Crystal Magic Glazes
These color glazes from Sax True Flow produce a truly beautiful finished product. They are actually tiny speckled crystals that melt into your project when fired. The color will bloom during firing and produce a very unique and gorgeous look. They are non toxic so they are great for artists of all ages. They offer truly limitless creative opportunities so that no project has to be the same.
- Beautiful colors
- Crystals bloom during firing
- Perfect for all ages
- Non Toxic
- Brilliant colors
Duncan INKIT-1 Envision Glaze
The Duncan INKIT offers a more traditional color glaze. The colors are very pretty producing a bright finish for all of your ceramics projects. The color comes in intensity ranging from translucent to opaque. You can brush these glazes on with ease as they offer a creamy consistency. I use these colors frequently with a Duncan underglaze or overglaze with amazing results. They are non toxic and safe for glazing dinnerware.
- Vibrant color
- Multiple intensities
- Creamy consistency perfect for brushing on
- Works great with Duncan underglaze and overglaze
- Non toxic
- Great for dinnerware
Duncan CNKIT-1 Concepts Underglaze
This is the underglaze I use with INKIT glaze. It produces an awesome translucent cover in a single coat. But I tend to use up to three coats for the best coverage. This underglaze is non toxic and food safe so I use it a lot for plates, mugs, and bowls. I’ve found it works great brushed on but also splattered and stenciled on a ceramic bisque. It works absolutely perfectly but even better is it is very reasonably priced.
- Great underglaze to use with INKIT
- Non toxic and food safe
- Perfect for brushing on, splattering or stenciling
- Reasonably priced
Best Ceramic Gloss Glaze
Sax True Flow Gloss Glaze
Sax True Flow is my go to transparent ceramic gloss glaze. It produces great results every single time so you never have to guess how your projects will turn out. The finish is incredibly bright and really catches the eye. This glaze is completely non toxic and lead free making it ideal for dinnerware and artists of all ages. Keep in mind you have to fire it if using on dinnerware. Great glaze at a great price.
- Bright finish
- Lead free and non toxic
- Perfect for all ages
- Ideal for dinnerware when fired
- Low cost
Duncan Pure Brilliance Clear Brush On Glaze
I tested this clear glaze for the first time and I was super happy with how it turned out. While it won’t be replacing my Sax True Flow, it is now my go to backup clear glaze. It brushes on smooth and provides a consistent finish. When fired it produces a brilliant shine with no cracking. When used with colors it really makes them pop making it great for creative projects. I used just two coats to get great results making this a great value glaze.
- Excellent consistency
- Brushes on smooth
- Fired creates brilliant shine without cracking
- Brings out colors
- Low cost
I’ve used so many glazes over the years and I cringe to think about how much money I’ve wasted on low quality glazes. If you want amazing color and shine for all of your ceramics projects then it is well worth investing in a top rated glaze. All of the best of picks on this list will give you amazing results everytime.
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