Save the Glaze!

After feeling like I've wasted half-jars of glaze just on the paint brush handles alone (not to mention the jars getting knocked over by little hands), I had to come up with a solution!

I started pouring small amounts into paper/styrofoam cups and putting a brush into each one.  This technique works wonders for me!  Some of the benefits are:
  • The glaze isn't wasted on the brush handle.
  • If the cup tips over, not much is wasted.
  • The cups are non-stick which makes it easy to pour back into the jars.
  • The students don't have to wash brushes in between which helps the glaze and is time efficient.
  • Many students can use the same color at one time.
The other thing that you may notice about my set-up is that I place the cups on colored construction paper so that the students know what color the glaze will eventually turn out.  I also have placed a small ceramic token that has been glazed with that color so they can see the true color.

Hope this helps! :)


  1. I love that idea, I also cut the glaze sample out of the catalogs and tape them on the top of the jars. It is especially helpful for the crystal glazes that have names like jet moss.

  2. This is brilliant! I pour all my glazes into clear tupperware containers. I write the general name of each colour (ie: medium green) on both the lid and the container itself. After class, the lids go back on and they stack easily in a shelf.

  3. Love your idea.. i might add to my list.. i create small square tile sample for each glaze color. I # each glaze jar and # each tile to match. I glue the tiles on cardstock and put them at each table. Works out to about 6 glazes per table. Students move to what ever color they want to use. Glazes stay put at each table. They wash their brush when they change color. It works really great..


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