As an artist you know that the advances in technology of recent years have brought about an explosion of new and exciting supplies to your local art supply store. Glazes are by no means immune to these advances and there are now hundreds of options when it comes to glazes. From under glazes to over glazes to just plain art glazes, the selections can seem never-ending and give you almost endless creative expression. In addition to the ability to make almost any color you can dream up, some of the more important advances in glazes through the years have been around decreasing their toxicity and in alternative formats in which they can now be produced.
There was a time when a potter was working with glazes with high levels of lead. The daily handling of the pottery in process as well as its daily use by the end customer could be hazardous to everyone's health. Non-toxic glazes were not available and we were unaware of the true dangers of these high lead content products. But medical science has since discovered a multitude of reasons to avoid lead based products and the art world has responded with the invention of lead free glazes for all types of ceramics and pottery. Now all you have to worry about is which colors to go with and whether or not to use an under glaze.
The formats in which you can get under glazes these days vary almost as much as the color choices you have. Liquids, semi-moist, decorating pencils and glaze chalk are all options available to the artist today. The only thing you have to do is decide which one is right for you. Liquid under glazes are recommended for covering large areas quickly, easily and smoothly and come in an array of brilliant ready-to-use colors. A great choice for that large planter or serving tray you have been working on. If the piece you are working on is more unique with a mixture of textures, the under glazes in chalk format maybe best suited for your needs. There are many colors to choose from and clear transparent over glazes work well with these chalks. Go ahead with that intricate work without worrying about how you will glaze it.
From computers to medical science, advances in technology have greatly enhanced all of your lives. But it goes far beyond the spectacular and life altering. Technological changes have also given the artist more options to create and express themselves than ever before. This allows for more people to craft works of art than ever before which is sure to make the world a more beautiful place. Maybe that is just as spectacular as the latest computer widget.
You can find out everything you need to know about the newest non-toxic glazes and other advancements in art glazes at the American Art Clay Company. They are the experts on ever advancing pottery and ceramics technologies and carry everything from liquid under glazes to glaze chalk. Pay their site a visit to find out what is new and how it can help you create a more beautiful world.