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Exploring the World of Mayco Color Glazes – Art Academy Direct
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Exploring the World of Mayco Color Glazes

Mayco Colors is renowned for its high-quality ceramic glazes, offering a wide range of options to artists of all levels. Whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional, Mayco’s glazes are designed to inspire creativity and achieve stunning finishes. 

Low-Fire Glazes:

 

Mayco Fundamentals® Underglazes are highly versatile – use for complete coverage or in design, apply to clay or bisque. Mix colors to create something new; use brushstrokes to blend colors and create shading; layer them without concern of intermixing. For a more traditional and painterly approach, dilute underglazes with water to create a thinned watercolor-like glaze. Fundamentals® Underglazes will fire matte without addition of a clear glaze.

 

 

The unique Stroke & Coat® formulation combines the performance properties of an underglaze with the fired finish results of a gloss glaze. Suitable for various surfaces like earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain, it can be fired from cones 06 to 10. It remains stable during firing, ensuring precise results. AP Certified Non-Toxic and Food Safe.

 

Stroke & Coat® Speckled Glazes

Mayco's Speckled Stroke & Coat Glazes are an enhanced version of the popular Stroke & Coat Wonderglazes. The addition of small specks of color to the base glaze provides visual depth and texture that does not melt or flow during the glaze firing. Non-toxic and food-safe. Cone 06–05.

 

Mayco’s Jungle Gems™ Crystal Glazes transform in the kiln when the small pieces of glass frit burst into color and intricate patterns during the firing process. Artists use these beautiful glazes to add dramatic, colorful effects to their creations.

 

Inspired by aspects of nature, Elements™ and Elements™ Chunkies produce lush, organic, and earthy hues. Elements™ are a two-tone glaze with a main color and a secondary color called a float. When Elements™ are applied to detail pieces, the float color will appear in the crevices.

 

Low Fire Clear Glaze

Mayco clear glazes preserve and enhance the surface of your work. Functionally, clear glaze forms an impervious barrier that protects against liquids, dirt and abrasion. Aesthetically, our clear glazes provide a gloss or satin sheen over top of your colored glaze decoration.


 

Glaze Combinations

Mayco provides exciting glaze combination ideas, enabling artists to achieve beautiful, layered effects. Their website features extensive resources, including combination sheets and project libraries to spark creativity.

 

Jungle Gems

Kaleidoscope (CG-964)

Over
Elements

Ginger Root (EL-145)

 

 

 

Elements

Oyster Shell (EL-101)

Over
Elements

Grass (EL-142)

 

 

 

 

Jungle Gems

Gogh Iris (CG-1001)

Over
Elements

Bottle Green (EL-161)

 

 

For more glaze combinations, click here

 

Projects

Elements and Jungle Gem Chicken

Designer: Elizabeth Carey

SUPPLIES

Form

Colors

Decorating Accessories

Miscellaneous Accessories

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Begin with properly fired cone 04 bisque. Moisten a sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Use the pencil to draw a jagged line going around the base of the neck. This will separate the top and bottom colors on the hen.
  3. Using the Soft Fan with EL-118 Blue Grotto, apply 2 coats to the bottom half of the hen. Make random, irregular strokes around the neckline, so that there won’t be a distinct border between the top and bottom.
  4. Using the Soft Fan with S-2702 Northern Lights, apply 1 coat to the top half of the hen. Avoid the eyes, beak, comb, and waddles. Overlap the glaze on the bottom half by around 1 inch. Make random, irregular strokes around the neckline, so that there won’t be a distinct border between the top and bottom.
  5. Pour out around 2 TBS of EL-101 Oyster Shell onto the palette (don’t use the glaze from the jar because you might pick up some crystals from Step #4 while applying this glaze). Use the Soft Fan to apply 2 coats over the top half of the hen. Avoid the eyes, beak, comb, and waddles. Overlap the glaze on the bottom half by around 1 inch. Make random, irregular strokes around the neckline, so that there won’t be a distinct border between the top and bottom. Allow glaze to dry between coats.
  6. Use a precision knife or damp sponge to remove any glaze from the eyes, beak, waddles, and comb.
  7. Using the Script Liner with SC-16 Cotton Tail, apply 2 coats to the eyes. Allow glaze to dry between coats.
  8. Using the Script Liner with EL-143 Cactus Flower, apply 2 coats to the beak. Allow glaze to dry between coats.
  9. Using the Script Liner with EL-127 Rose Granite, apply 2 coats to the comb and waddles. Allow glaze to dry between coats.
  10. Squeeze out around 1 tsp of SC-15 Tuxedo onto the palette. Dip the pencil eraser into the glaze and stamp a pupil on one eye. Repeat for the other eye.
  11. Cut out a small square of cardboard. Around 1.5” on each side. You will be using the side with only straight lines (not the corrugated side).
  12. Pour out around 1 TBS of EL-101 Oyster Shell, EL-118 Blue Grotto, PC-601 Clear Cascade, and PC-602 White Cascade onto the palette.
  13. Take your piece of cardboard and dip one of the edges with straight lines into PC-602 White Cascade. Stamp around the neck of the hen, where the 2 glazes overlap. Continue dipping and stamping until you go completely around the neck.
  14. Repeat Step #12 with EL-118 Blue Grotto. Make sure to stamp over some of the glaze from Step #12.
  15. Repeat Step #12 with EL-101 Oyster Shell. Make sure to stamp over some of the glaze from Step #12 and Step #13.
  16. Repeat Step #12 with PC-601 Clear Cascade. Make sure to stamp over some of the glaze from Step #12, #13, and #14.
  17. Stilt and fire to cone 06.

 

Stroke & Coat Bird Plate

Designer: Elizabeth Carey

SUPPLIES

Form

Colors

Decorating Accessories

Miscellaneous Supplies

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Begin with properly fired cone 04 bisque. Moisten a sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using the Soft Fan with SC-16 Cotton Tail, apply 2 coats to the front of the plate. Allow glaze to dry between coats.
  3. Print out 2 copies of the pattern. Cut along the vertical edge of one pattern and place it on top of the other pattern. Tape the 2 patterns together. You want to create one large pattern to fit your plate.
  4. Take your pattern and place over the front of your plate. Trace with a pencil. Lift up your pattern to make sure you are using the right amount of pressure.
  5. Squeeze out around 1 TBS of SC-6 Sunkissed, SC-27 Sour Apple and SP-211 Speckled Blue Yonder onto your palette.
  6. Using the Script Liner, apply 3 coats of the glazes from Steps #5 & #6, to each bird. Try to space them out so you don’t have birds of the same color next to each other. Allow glaze to dry between coats.
  7. Squeeze around ½ TBS of SC-6 Sunkissed, SC-27 Sour Apple and SP-211 Speckled Blue Yonder on to a different section of your palette. Add 1-3 drops of SC-15 Tuxedo to each color. Mix to create a different shade of the original colors.
  8. Cut out the wing pattern. Trace the pattern on your paper towel around 10 times and cut them out.
  9. Using the Sponge on a stick, dip it in one of the glazes from Step #8. Sponge a paper towel wing and press it glaze side down onto one of the birds of the same base color. Press it down onto another bird, then discard. Repeat with all 3 colors until every bird has a wing.
  10. Using the Detail liner with SC-15 Tuxedo, outline the bottom side of the wings. Add a dot for the eyes and a triangle for the beaks. Make 2 lines for the legs. Refer to the sample picture for placement.
  11. Using the Soft Fan with SC-15 Tuxedo, apply 2 coats to the back of the plate. Allow glaze to dry between coats.
  12. Fire to cone 06.

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