Magazine article Arts & Activities

Safe and Reliable Reds

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Safe and Reliable Reds

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No, not the movie. I am talking about low-fire red glazes. It used to be a bit of a challenge to get them to come out right. One could call them the "persnickety" and not be too far from the truth.

Red glazes had to be put on thick, they needed lots of oxygen, they were more consistent if under fired and fired alone. They were also not dinnerware safe.

Thankfully, things have changed. The old formulas contained materials that are no longer available, thus those glazes don't exist anymore. The good news is that about a decade ago, the ceramic industry began developing encapsulated reds that allow glaze manufacturers to create new safer red glazes.

The first groups were tomato red in color, but as time went on, brighter colors were developed. These reds were given great names to allude to the color--'Intense Red," "Hot Tamale," "Fire Engine Red," "Really Red," "Brilliant Red" and so on. …

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