How many times have I opened the lid to the kiln to almost "throw up" with
disappointment with the gastly colors of glazes!! After years of trial and
error, here is what works for me! Most of the things that I do with my middle
schoolers require a more "painterly" glaze application, so I use only
underglazes. My sixth graders can base-coat their fantasy creatures with one color
underglaze, and when dry, they can paint on patterns and textures with other
colors. I order several jars of Amaco underglaze in 6 colors: lt. yellow,
lt. blue, green, chartreuse (they love this one), purple, and turquoise. Then
I order lots of white which I use mix with the purple, turquoise, and green
to soften them. I put one of the six glaze colors on each classroom table.
Each is placed on a sheet of construction paper close to that color. Kids
move to the table with their color choice. Any combination of these 6 colors
seems to look great. I suggest to my kids that they choose three colors, and
repeat each color three times. Then we dip all finished underglazed work in a
3 1/2 gallon bucket of "dipping glaze". I also order a little black which I
hide from the kids, brown (for trees in our landscape tiles), and rose for
the tongues and mouths of our creatures!
It seems to be much more economical to limit our color choices to just
the above colors. And the underglazes do everything that my students need to
do. I do have a few underglazes in sets that look like watercolor sets. We
pull those our when we need more choices.
Anyway, this works for me!