Queen City Glazes, like the city of Cincinnati, don’t follow a grid. Our roads are old horse trails and we change their names every mile just for fun.
These glazes by themselves are stable and beautiful, much like the neighborhoods that inspired them. BUT, layer these babies and some crazy *%@’s gonna happen. Cascading crystals and pools of glass are common effects from layering these wilcards!
Have fun, be ready for anything, and NEVER let your gaurd down!
Our glazes are built to exite and surprise you with their diverse surfaces and ability to mimic atmospheric firing results.
These colors and surfaces change drastically on different clay bodies and react beautifully to slow cool programs in the electric kiln.
Follow these tips when getting started for best results!
1. These glazes are stable with a quick single dip on buff stoneware. They like to move on red and white clays that are smooth like porcelain.
2. If you double dip these glazes, they will run A LOT. We usually reserve double dips for the inside of bowls or rims of pots. Remember that handles collect glaze at attachment points and can easily build up too much glaze.
3. Layering these glazes on platters will make some awe inspiring results. When you don’t have to worry about running, beautiful thangs can happen!
4. Try all of these glazes by themselves first. See what they do on your preferred clay before layering.
5. We like to mix ours to a thin tomato soup consistency in a five gallon bucket. Almost all of the glazes work beautifully at that thickness. Tusculum Teal and Westwood Winter should be a little bit thicker to get the color and softness we love.
6. Dipping a quick base glaze later and then spraying one thin coat of a second glaze from this line consistently gives us wonderful results out of the kiln.
7. Try our firing program to match your results to the pictures on the website. These glazes look great in lots of different firings, but the slow cool programs let the crystal development really take center stage.
Fires bright, golden yellow, and shiny.
Clifton’s beloved business district is lined with gas lanterns that shower the street with a warm golden glow that reflects off of the store windows.
Fires deep, vibrant green with celadon like characteristics.
Eden park is a climbing and walking destination with amazing outlooks into Kentucky. Soak up the green with this ode to summer celadon.
Fires blue/gray, glossy and transparent.
Looking like a village in the Swiss Alps, Mariemont shines in the early evening. This blue/gray gloss glaze captures an early moonlit night in this elegant part of the city.
Fires mottled brown with an earthy depth and sheen.
The East side of Cincinnati is wooded and sprawling. This modeled brown gloss base brings out the changing earthy colors of Anderson Township and adds depth to any pottery surface.
Fires thick, bright teal that covers your surface in the very best way.
Columbia Tusculum is Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood and home to the pink ladies, colorful houses with beautiful architecture. This teal is a subtle way of paying a glossy homage to this unique treasure.
Fires durable, soft, semi-matte white that feels like frosting.
West siders are tough and resilient. We wanted to make a glaze that didn’t powder coat the truth but provide a durable, clean, functional surface.
Fires warm toasted brown like weathered tobacco with the slightest shine.
This glaze mirrors Avondale by mixing the colors of a changing season with the concrete of one of the oldest parts of the city.
Fires light sandy tones, rich eggshell surface.
Mt. Lookout square feels like the center of a surf town in summer. Sandy tones on a rich eggshell surface gives this glaze a relaxed feel with plenty of surprises.
Fires creamy with warm undertones with flecks of brown.
Norwood is historically the working backbone of the city and this glaze highlights a strong earthy base with energetic sparks that form on the surface.
Fires shimmery periwinkle with a dimensional surface.
This adventurous violet glaze captures the cottage feel of architecture in Kennedy Heights which sits high above Cincinnati and blooms brilliantly in the spring.