Second to last step: Applying the wax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For as long as I have been making functional pottery I have loved using wax as a resist method. There is something about the contrast of the raw, fired clay and the glaze that I just love. I also enjoy the process – which is something I don’t have to do in the basement! I can do this anywhere, and my favorite place is the screened porch in the morning. Once the clay has been bisqued, I apply a design with the wax using a small brush. I may also wax parts of or the entire button embellishments depending on the piece. This takes time and patience! Wherever the wax is, glaze will resist so being careful and neat is important. Once the wax has dried, it is ready to be glazed and fired one last time.