Stay Organized by Making Sample Glaze Tiles
Art teachers are always looking for the next best way to sort our assortment of clay supplies. Yes, I get a little giddy when things are neatly organized and it brings me great pride when students mention how these organizational tidbits truly work well and make everyone’s life in the art room that much easier.
Here is one magnificent tip to help students understand glazes! I got the idea because when it came time to glaze, no one knew what “ Firecracker” or “Amber” actually looked like. Glaze tiles let everyone know what the finished color will look like. Perhaps you’ve made your own Glaze Tiles before, but didn’t think to attach them directly to the glaze container. This will make your job and the student’s glaze process even easier!
Steps to creating Glaze Tiles:
- Roll out slabs of clay
- Cut out small rectangles that will fit on your glaze containers
- Labeled each clay tile with the glaze number and glaze color title
- Add texture to your clay tile to show students what the glaze will look like in grooves
- Bisque Fire
- Glaze with the correct color
- Glaze Fire
- Clear tape or velcro your glaze tiles onto the correct glaze container
- Voila! No more glaze color confusion! Students will know what the finished glaze color will look like, and so will you.
I buy the glaze color in both pint and gallon sizes. I use the pint sizes with students to shake and glaze with. The gallon jug is a perfect way to refill the pint size container when it gets low. It also saves a little extra money to order in bulk sizes.
Create glaze tiles that show what the finished glaze color will be after firing both on a smooth and textured surface. Once you have made the glaze tiles then simply tape them on the correct glaze container and viola- no more digging through a pile of tiles to sort out what the finished color will look like. Creating glaze tiles helps student choose the right color for their project and helps you organize your glazes.
How do you label glazes for students to use in the art room?
Any other ceramics organization tips out there?